ITAR Challenges for SMEs

A Defence Connect article has highlighted challenges faced by SMEs when it comes to the complexities associated with Defence export controls.

While some SMEs have an awareness of their responsibilities for managing controlled technology, most operate without a full understanding of the repercussions of mishandling controlled technology.  Complexities of the legislation, constantly evolving guidance on managing military and dual-use goods through export control reform, and even simple best practice guidance becomes difficult for SMEs to follow.

Opting to roll the dice and hope for the best is a dangerous strategy.  The simple truth is that by the time there is a problem, it’s too late.  Once an organisation is compromised in their ability to handle controlled technology, it can be incredibly difficult to reverse the negative impacts.

SMEs often face limitations in resourcing, experience and awareness surrounding US International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) or Export Administration Regulations (EAR).  Which is where Goal can assist.  We provide a range of services specifically around export control including online inductions, training and compliance reviews.  Even if you are reasonably confident that you have adequate processes and procedures in place, having an external company do a comprehensive review will give you peace of mind.  And should you be targeted for an audit, demonstrating that you have undertaken external training of your staff and had your systems certified by a third party, can go a long way to prove you have been genuine in your compliance efforts, even if a problem is identified.

Click here to read the full Defence Connect article.

To discuss your export control concerns or how Goal can assist you with training and compliance, please call us on 02 49674500 or email: goal@goalgroup.com.au.