New Partnership Between U.S. and India to Further Export Goals

December 7, 2010, 12:12 PM

Recently, President Obama and Prime Minister Singh agreed to work together to implement a four-part export reform program in an effort to facilitate trade and cooperation between the U.S. and India. The first step involves Indias membership in four multilateral export control regimes, the Nuclear Suppliers Group, the Missile Technology Control Regime, the Australia Group (chemical and biological controls), and the Wessenaar Arrangement (dual use and conventional arms controls). As long as India adopts export controls included on the regimes control lists, the U.S will fully support Indias membership in all four regimes. Secondly, the U.S. will remove all civil space and defense-related entities from the Department of Commerce Entity List. After doing so, shipment of certain items to such entities will no longer require an export license. The third step obliges the U.S. to reflect India as a strategic partner, no longer as a country of concern, in the dual-use export control regulations. India has agreed to implement a control list that corresponds with the multilateral regimes and implement re-export controls on certain items of U.S. origin. Lastly, the U.S. and India agreed to enhance export control cooperation through dialogue between the two counties on export control issues. Any company that is involved in exporting or importing with an India based company may visit http://www.bis.doc.gov/ for more information on this four-step reform program. --R. Ellen Coley