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IPC Celebrates New Regulations which Clarify U.S. Export Controls for Defense PCBs

Colonial Circuits has recently received exciting news from John W. Mitchell, the President and CEO of IPC:


"Dear Colleagues:


I am writing to you to share some exciting news. On Tuesday, July 01, 2014, the U.S. Department of State issued a final rule for Category XI for Military Electronics of the United States Munitions List (USML). 


The new rule states that PCBs “specially designed” for defense-related purposes will be controlled under USML Category XI. Additionally, any designs or digital data related to “specially designed” PCBs will be controlled as technical data. The rule is effective December 30, 2014.


This is a significant win for IPC which has aggressively advocated that PCBs be enumerated on the USML. The specific listing of PCBs in Category XI clarifies and highlights the importance of International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) on PCBs in ITAR-controlled defense articles. This clarity represents a significant step in addressing the confusion in the defense industry about ITAR controls on PCBs, which should reduce inappropriate sourcing of printed boards for ITAR items from non-ITAR facilities.


The new rules are just the most recent example of the value and effectiveness of IPC’s government relations efforts. Over the past four years, IPC conducted an aggressive and effective advocacy campaign for clearer and more explicit ITAR controls on PCBs as part of a revised USML. During that time, IPC met with key officials at the Departments of State and Defense; filed formal comments on proposed revisions to Category XI; launched a six-month educational initiative, “Follow the Law, Protect the Board;” published a white paper, "Applicability of U.S. Defense Trade Controls to Printed Boards;" and testified before the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs. For more information on IPC’s efforts or to link to the final rule, visit


We know that successes like this cannot be accomplished without active support of IPC members. So I thank you on behalf of IPC and the electronics industry, and I hope that we can continue to count on your participation and leadership in the future. For now, let’s take a moment to acknowledge and celebrate this important win … and then to get back to working on securing additional government relations wins in the future.



John W. Mitchell

President & CEO

IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries®"





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