Society for International Affairs

Educating the International Trade Community on Export and Import Process


F.A.I.R. Trade Group and Society for International Affairs 
Presents: 
2021 Firearms and Ammunition Import/Export Conference

June 22-25, 2021 : 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Firearms and Ammunition: Addressing the Import and Export
Challenges through Compliance Agenda  (As of April 21, 2021)

Day 1 – Tuesday, June 22, 2021 (All times EDT)

12:00 PM | Opening Remarks

12:15 – 1:15 PM | ATF Panel – Operating under a New Administration

Office of Enforcement Programs and Services

Q&A: 1:00 – 1:15 PM

1:15 – 2:45 PM | Importing Firearms and Ammunition

ATF Firearms and Explosives Imports Branch

  • What statutes govern?
  • Importance of knowing what will be imported.
  • Working with the USMIL and understanding the qualifier “specifically designed.”
  • Country policies and sanctions
  • Exemptions
  • Practical exercises depicting exemption applications and license/registration requirements

Q&A: 2:30 – 2:45 PM

2:45 PM Break (10 minutes)

2:55 – 4:10 PM | National Firearms Act – Special Controls over Exports and Imports

ATF NFA Branch

  • Understanding how the scope of the NFA – what is controlled?
  • Registration requirements for imported firearms and restrictions on temporary transfers to third parties.
  • Importing NFA-controlled firearms pursuant to a government contract.

Q&A: 3:55 – 4:10 PM

4:10 – 5:10 PM | Firearms and Ammunition Technology

ATF Firearms and Ammunition Technology Division

  • When is physical submission required / not required?
  • Structure of FATD and industry evaluation process and times.
  • Review process for items that are too large for physical submission.

Q&A: 4:55 – 5:10 PM

5:10 PM | Wrap Up & Adjourn Day 1

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Day 2 – Wednesday, June 23, 2021 (All times EDT)

12:00 PM | Opening Remarks

12:05 – 1:20 PM | Panel - Lessons Learned from Cats. I-III Export Reform

Office of Defense Trade Controls Licensing, Bureau of Industry and Security, Defense Technology Security Administration

  • Common mistakes, questions, and issues.
  • Best practices to avoid common mistakes.
  • Parts/components EAR-controlled but end-item is ITAR-controlled. 
  • What’s left on the USML?

Q&A: 1:05 – 1:20 PM

1:20 PM: Break (10 minutes)

1:30 – 2:45 PM | Panel: the License Review Process

Office of Defense Trade Controls Licensing, Bureau of Industry and Security, Defense Technology Security Administration

  • What agencies are involved?
  • What factors are considered?
  • How to appeal provisos.

Q&A: 2:30 – 2:45 PM

2:45 PM: Break (10 minutes)

2:55 – 4:15 PM | Importation of U.S. Origin Items

Office of Regional Security and Arms Transfers

  • When is authorization required and from whom?
  • What is the process?
  • What is the current policy?

Q&A: 4:00 – 4:15 PM

4:15 PM | Wrap Up & Adjourn Day 2

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Day 3 – Thursday, June 24, 2021 (All times EDT)

12:00 | Opening Remarks

12:05 – 1:20 PM         Census 

Q&A: 1:05 – 1:20 PM

1:20 PM: Break (10 minutes)

1:30 – 2:45 | EAR Classifications and the Specially Designed Analysis

Bureau of Industry and Security

Q&A: 2:30 – 2:45 PM

2:45 – 4:00 | EAR Licensing and Exceptions

Bureau of Industry and Security

Q&A: 3:45 – 4:00 PM

4:00 – 5:00 PM | Exporting EAR-Controlled Technology

Bureau of Industry and Security

Q&A: 4:45 – 5:00 PM

5:00 PM | Wrap Up & Adjourn Day 3

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Day 4 – Friday, June 25, 2021 (All times EDT)

12:00 PM | Opening Remarks

12:05 – 1:10 PM | Ensuring a Successful Export – the Role of Customs

Customs and Border Protection, Industry Speaker

Q&A: 1:00 – 1:10 PM

1:10 – 2:30 PM | Enforcement Panel: Lessons Learned and the Role of Compliance Programs

Department of Justice, BIS Office of Chief Counsel, and BIS Office of Export Enforcement

Q&A: 2:15 – 2:30 PM

2:30 PM: Break (15 minutes)

2:45 – 3:45 PM | Anti-Boycott Requirements

Q&A: 3:30 – 3:45 PM

3:45 – 4:45 PM | The Firearms and Ammunition Excise Tax – Best Practices and Recommendations

Treasury Department Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau

Q&A: 4:30 – 4:45 PM

4:45 PM | Wrap Up & Adjourn Conference


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