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BIS Amends Russia and Yemen Country Groups

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On February 24th, BIS amended the country groups for Russia and Yemen (Supplement No.1 to Part 740 of the EAR). Russia was removed from Country Groups A:2 (Missile Control Regime) and A:4 (Nuclear Suppliers Group) and added to Country Groups of Concern D:2 (Nuclear) and D:4 (Missile Technology). Yemen was removed from Country Group B and added to Country Group D:1.

The most impactful result of this final rule will be the policy of “Presumption of Denial” for Russia on items controlled for Proliferation of Chemical Weapons, Nuclear Proliferation, and Missile Technology. However, items for export in support of U.S.-Russia civil space cooperation will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. The rule also makes exports to Russia ineligible for several license exceptions.

The rule further restricts exports to Yemen, especially regarding microprocessors and exports to and for the use of certain foreign vessels and aircraft. It also removes several license exceptions, including the exception for Shipments of Limited Value.

Please contact us with any questions regarding this final rule.

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