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If you manufacture products for the U.S. government that are designed for military or defense purposes, your company must meet ITAR compliance standards. What is ITAR and how do you make sure your manufacturing company is in ITAR compliance?
What Is ITAR?
ITAR stands for International Traffic in Arms Regulations, and it refers to the export control regulations used by the State Department to control those items that are on the U.S. Munitions List or the Missile Technology Control Regime. It covers any military or defense-related applications, so if you manufacture military items, this applies to you.
To accept any job from a client that involves manufacturing products for military or defense purposes, you must show that you are ITAR compliant. The way to prove compliance is with an ITAR-compliant certification, which you can receive by registering with the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls.
While some companies may have separate ITAR zones that only allow access to approved employees using machines that fall under ITAR regulations, many find it easier to certify their entire facilities as ITAR compliant.
Not having ITAR compliance certification could have a significant impact on your company’s bottom line. Military contracts can be very rewarding financially, and you cannot accept jobs from subcontractors that need your products for their military contracts without ITAR certification either.
How to Gain ITAR Compliance
While getting ITAR compliance is not difficult, it is very important you do it correctly. You will need to register with the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls after fully reading and understanding ITAR regulations and making sure that any of your employees who will be working on military or defense contracts understands them as well.
You will need to self-certify that you understand and will abide by ITAR regulations and it is very important that you do not violate those regulations, as severe criminal and civil penalties will result.
How MANTEC Can Help You With ITAR Compliance
Even though you will be self-certifying your understanding of ITAR compliance regulations, it is critical that you and your staff are fully educated and trained on these regulations. If anyone who works on a defense contract is not, you risk violating compliance procedures and incurring penalties.
This is where MANTEC can help. Providing quality operational training for Pennsylvania manufacturing employees is one of our specialties. This includes training on ITAR compliance. Our training professionals have years of experience with ITAR regulations and can communicate the nature of these regulations, and how they affect your business clearly and concisely, so your employees will know what to do and how to do it.
MANTEC ITAR compliance training and advice is highly cost-effective relative to the cost of violating the terms of your ITAR compliant certification. We are happy to provide training throughout south central PA for your manufacturing business. To engage our ITAR training services, contact us online now.