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International Traffic in Arms Regulations: Removal of Certain Capacitors from Category XI(c)(5) of the U.S. Munitions List

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On April 27, 2023, the Department of State published an interim final rule in the Federal Register that amends, effective May 21, 2023, U.S. Munitions List Category XI(c)(5), which describes certain high-energy storage capacitors.

With this rulemaking, the Department is removing from USML Category XI certain high-energy storage capacitors that it assesses have broad commercial application, are available internationally, and do not provide a critical military or intelligence advantage. The Department assesses that adding a 125-volt (125 V) voltage criterion for the high-energy capacitors described on the USML ensures the capacitors that remain warrant control on the USML. While adding the 125 V criterion to paragraph (c)(5), the Department is simultaneously reorganizing the paragraph to delineate each element of the control criteria more clearly and adding a note to explain those criteria.

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