ITAR Compliance

Any company or subcontractor that directly or indirectly sells products or services to the U.S. Department of Defense must be ITAR compliant.

What is ITAR Compliance?

International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR) established by the U.S. government that mandates any company that manufactures, exports defense articles, defense services, or contractor involved with related technical data, must comply. The ITAR provides definitions of important terms, with information and procedures for registration, licenses, agreements, general policies, violations, penalties, and administrative procedures.

What does ITAR mean to your business?

The main goal of ITAR is to control all access to specific categories of technologies and the data which is associated with them. This is a way of the U.S. government to prevent the transfers of classified information. Items that are controlled under ITAR are intended for direct or indirect military uses. Violating ITAR compliances may result in huge fines, civil and criminal sanctions.

The ITAR Framework

To understand ITAR, you must first have a clear view of the regulatory framework of export laws of the United States. In simplest terms, the Export Administration Act (EAA) of 1979 is the basis for all U.S. export controls. The Export Administration Regulations (EAR) of the U.S. implements the EAA and is managed by the Bureau of Industry and Security which is under the Department of Commerce.

Additionally, there are other regulations under U.S. authorities like Customs and Border Protection, Office of Foreign Assets Control, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Department of Homeland Security which jointly and severally add to the EAR and ITAR controls.


  • Purpose and Definitions
  • United States Munitions List
  • Registration of Manufacturers and Exporters
  • Licenses for the Export of Defense Articles
  • Agreements, Off-Shore Procurement and Other Defense Services
  • Licenses for the Export of Technical Data and Classified Defense Articles
  • General Policies and Provisions
  • Violations and Penalties
  • Administrative Procedures
  • Registration and Licensing of Brokers
  • Political Contributions, Fees and Commissions

E-N Computers will help your company navigate through the ins and outs of achieving ITAR compliance. Our goal is to provide you a strong secure methodology for storing and transferring data related to defense technology. We will stand by you to ensure that you will pass the certification process and achieve ITAR compliance.

A single article won't be enough to fully understand how ITAR works and the implications it may have on your company's exports. Our Compliance Experts are ready to give you more in-depth information about ITAR.