What is ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations)?

What is ITAR

ITAR Definition

The International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) is the U.S. regulation requiring companies that manufacture, sale, or distribute defense articles or services, must comply with the regulations as defined in the United States Munitions List (USML). These regulations affect every company in a supply chain that is responsible for assisting in the production and delivery of impacted defense articles or services.


What is the difference between ITAR and EAR?

The International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) governs the sale, distribution, and production of defense-related goods. The Export Administration Regulations (EAR) govern dual-use items that aren’t covered by the ITAR, but nonetheless apply to some defense-related items.

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Who needs to comply with ITAR?

Any company that manufactures, sells, or distributes defense articles, defense services, or related technical data must be ITAR compliant.

*Source: https://www.spadetechnology.com

What items fall under ITAR?

Defense articles, goods, and technology designed for the military setting and related technical data are subject to ITAR control. This includes:

  • Firearms and ammunition
  • Materials, chemicals, microorganisms, and toxins
  • Military vehicles
  • Aircraft and associated equipment
  • Spacecraft systems
  • Classified articles, technical data, and defense services

Source: https://research.ncsu.edu

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