U.S. Chamber Applauds Progress On Export Controls Reform

Sunday, August 29, 2010 - 8:00pm

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President for International Affairs Myron Brilliant issued the following statement welcoming additional White House measures to reform U.S. export controls:

“By modernizing America’s antiquated export controls, the White House is seizing an opportunity to enhance U.S. national security and economic competiveness at the same time.

“Stronger export controls may be warranted for the ‘crown jewels’ of U.S. military technologies, but U.S. export controls today cover too many products that lack a significant military application or are readily available from other countries.

“U.S. small and mid-sized companies will welcome these reforms because overly complex export controls sometimes deter them from even trying to sell their goods abroad.

“In addition, the Chamber also supports ratification of the pending defense trade cooperation treaties with Australia and the United Kingdom, which will strengthen cooperation with two of our closest allies and help sustain our defense industrial base.”

The U.S. Chamber is a founding member of the Coalition for Security and Competitiveness (CSC), which in January released a comprehensive set of recommendations for reform of the U.S. export control system. The CSC seeks a more efficient, predictable, and transparent export control system to meet the security and economic challenges of the 21st century.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

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