The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) publishes this proposed rule that describes how submersible vessels, oceanographic equipment and related articles that the President determines no longer warrant control under Category VI (Vessels of War and Special Naval Equipment) or Category XX (Submersible Vessels, Oceanographic and Associated Equipment) of the United States Munitions List (USML) would be controlled under the Commerce Control List (CCL) in new Export Control Classification Numbers (ECCNs) 8A620, 8B620, 8D620, and 8E620. In addition, this proposed rule would control closed and semi-closed circuit (rebreathing) apparatus, engines and propulsion systems for submersible vessels, and submarine and torpedo nets, which are currently controlled under ECCN 8A018, under new ECCN 8A620. With this proposed rule, BIS also would establish a new, unilateral control on submersibles “specially designed” for cargo transport that are not currently subject to USML or CCL controls.
This rule is one of a planned series of proposed rules that are part of the Administration's Export Control Reform Initiative under which various types of articles presently controlled on the USML under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) would, instead, be controlled on the CCL in accordance with the requirements of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), if and after the President determines that such articles no longer warrant control on the USML.
BIS is publishing this proposed rule, on December 23, 2011, in conjunction with another proposed rule that describes how surface vessels of war and special naval equipment the President determines no longer warrant control under Category VI would be controlled on the CCL under new ECCNs 8A609, 8B609, 8C609, 8D609, and 8E609. This proposed rule also is being published in conjunction with two proposed rules of the Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, that would amend the list of articles controlled by USML Categories VI and Category XX, respectively. In recognition of the significant difference between surface vessels of war and submarines, the U.S. Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, is proposing to move submarines and associated equipment from Category VI on the USML to Category XX.