By Government Contracts Editorial Staff
A final rule issued by the Bureau of Industry and Security extends, through May 15, 2020, the temporary general license (Supplement No. 7 to EAR Part 744) for Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., and 114 of its affiliates on the Entity List (Supplement No. 4 to EAR Part 744) (see ¶72,750.451, ¶72,750.452, ¶72,750.459, ¶72,750.464, ¶72,750.468). The TGL authorizes activities such as continued operations of existing networks and equipment. It also allows support of existing mobile services, including cybersecurity research critical to maintaining the integrity and reliability of existing and fully operational networks and equipment. BIS added Huawei and the affiliates to the Entity List because the End-User Review Committee found reasonable cause to believe Huawei engaged in activities determined to be contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States. The rule went into effect on March 10, 2020. For the text of the rule, see ¶72,750.471.
Request for Comments. BIS has also issued a notification of inquiry requesting comments on future extensions of the Huawei TGL. The notice specially requests comments on the impact on businesses if the TGL is not extended; shifting to other sources of equipment, software, and technology; revisions to the scope of the TGL; alternatives to extending the TGL or allowing it to expire; and the costs associated with extending or not extending the TGL. Responses will assist BIS in evaluating whether any other changes to the license are warranted and identifying alternative authorizations.
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