Bureau of Industry and Security

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) advances U.S. national security, foreign policy, and economic objectives by ensuring an effective export control and treaty compliance system, and by promoting continued U.S. leadership in strategic technologies. BIS accomplishes its mission by maintaining and strengthening adaptable, efficient, effective export controls and treaty compliance systems, along with active leadership and involvement in international export control regimes.

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U.S. Commerce Department Restricts Licensing of Sensitive Exports to Burma’s Military and Security Services in Response to the Recent Military Coup

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The Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) implemented a series of restrictions on exports of sensitive items to Burma’s Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Home Affairs, armed forces, and security services in response to the Burmese military’s actions to overthrow the democratically elected civilian government of Burma. Effective immediately, BIS will apply a presumption...

Commerce Adds China National Offshore Oil Corporation to the Entity List and Skyrizon to the Military End-User List

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Today, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in the Department of Commerce (Commerce) added Chinese National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) to the Entity List and Chinese company Skyrizon to the Military End-User (MEU) List. Both companies threaten U.S. national security, CNOOC by helping China intimidate neighbors in the South China Sea and Skyrizon for its capability to develop, produce...

Commerce Tightens Controls to Prevent Support of Foreign Military-Intelligence and WMD Activities

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Today, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in the Department of Commerce (Commerce) imposed new controls on any U.S. technologies and specific activities of U.S. persons who may be supporting foreign military-intelligence end uses and end users in China, Cuba, Russia, and Venezuela, as well as in terrorist-supporting countries. BIS is also enhancing controls to prevent U.S. persons from...

Commerce Department Will Publish the First Military End User List Naming More Than 100 Chinese and Russian Companies

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The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) will amend the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) by adding a new ‘Military End User’ (MEU) List, as well as the first tranche of 103 entities, which includes 58 Chinese and 45 Russian companies. The U.S. Government has determined that these companies are ‘military end users’ for purposes of the ‘military end user’ control in the EAR that applies to...

Commerce Adds China’s SMIC to the Entity List, Restricting Access to Key Enabling U.S. Technology

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The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in the Department of Commerce (Commerce) added Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) of China to the Entity List. BIS is taking this action to protect U.S. national security. This action stems from China’s military-civil fusion (MCF) doctrine and evidence of activities between SMIC and entities of concern in the Chinese military...

Remarks by Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at the 2020 Meeting of the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons Virtual Meeting

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Introduced by Deputy Secretary Stephen Biegun, U.S. Department of State Thank you, Stephen. And thank you also to Ivanka for your leadership combatting the horrors of human trafficking and forced labor. My thanks to the Advisory Councils and all of our federal agencies for your hard work and contributions to ending modern slavery. My Department stands together with you in full support of this...

Secretary Ross Highlights Commerce Actions Supporting Strategy for Critical and Emerging Technologies

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In support of the National Strategy for Critical and Emerging Technologies, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said the Department is fully behind the President’s strategy and has already implemented a number of export controls on emerging technologies. Earlier this month, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in Commerce imposed controls on six more emerging technologies, bringing the total to...

How the U.S. Department of Commerce Serves American Businesses at Home and Abroad

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The U.S. Department of Commerce provides U.S.-based companies and entrepreneurs looking to expand their businesses at home and abroad with a wide range of services, tools and resources. In honor of Customer Service Week, below is a list of key services provided by our bureaus and customer service professionals that can help businesses succeed both in the U.S. and in the international marketplace...

Commerce Playing Key Role in COVID-19 Response and Recovery

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Under the leadership of Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, the U.S. Department of Commerce is playing a key role in COVID-19 response and recovery efforts. Commerce bureaus are providing economic assistance through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to U.S. communities and businesses affected by the pandemic; trade and export assistance to U.S. businesses; real-time...

Commerce Adds Five Scientists Involved in Iran’s Nuclear Weapons Development Program to the Entity List

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross today announced that the Department is adding five Iranian scientists to the Entity List for enabling or assisting Iran’s nuclear development program, which is contrary to the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States. The individuals added to the Entity List are Ahmad Nozad Gholik, Behnam Pouremadi, Hamid Sepehrian...