Satellite Export Control Reform Takes Effect

Starting today, U.S. commercial communications satellites are no longer considered defense articles subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). November 10 is the effective date for most of the sweeping satellite export rule changes published six months ago.

The Department of State issued a “clean-up” rule today to make technical corrections and clarify that the revised ITAR control parameters are not meant to capture commercial communications satellites. The correction rule is effective today as well.

State’s correction rule at