Government Contracts Rule Implements India’s Membership in the Wassenaar Arrangement
Friday, August 24, 2018

Rule Implements India’s Membership in the Wassenaar Arrangement

By Government Contracts Editorial Staff

This Bureau of Industry and Security final rule amends the Export Administration Regulations to formally recognize and implement India’s membership in the Wassenaar Arrangement. In addition, the rule removes India from Country Group A:6 and places it in Country Group A:5. This action reflects India’s status as a Major Defense Partner and recognizes the country’s membership in three of the four export control regimes: Missile Technology Control Regime, Wassenaar Arrangement, and Australia Group. This rule is another in the series of rules that implement reforms to which the United States and India mutually agreed to promote global nonproliferation, expand high technology cooperation and trade, and ultimately facilitate India’s full membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group and the other three multilateral export control regimes. The rule reflects the two countries’ agreement to expand cooperation in civil space, defense, and other high-technology sectors and the complementary steps of the U.S. to remove India defense and space-related entities from the Entity List, and realign India in U.S. export control regulations. The effective date of the rule is August 3, 2018. The text of this final rule appears at ¶72,750.439.

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