Export Controls

What You Need to Know

Manufacturers need a new approach to export controls that guarantees security, avoids unnecessary burdens on legitimate exports and facilitates international cooperation with our allies.

The nation's high-technology sectors employs millions of workers, and their ability to remain ahead of global competition is significantly undermined by the outdated and ineffective U.S. export control system.

The Milken Institute has estimated that if the export control system is modernized, U.S. high tech exports could increase by $60 billion, resulting in 350,000 new jobs.

The NAM strongly supports the objectives of the President's Export Control Reform Initiative—to focus federal resources on the threats that matter most, to bring transparency and coherence to these regulations and to enhance the competitiveness of manufacturing and technology sectors in the United States.


The Administration is making great strides in reconciling the separate control lists. In addition to completing that task this year, we strongly urge President Obama to prioritize much-needed management reforms -- like a truly connected IT system across licensing agencies and formalizing periodic reviews of current licensing rules and exceptions -- that would further streamline licensing and system administration. Further, manufacturers would greatly benefit from a renewed attempt to create an efficient intra-company transfer license for trusted companies, an effective program license framework and simplified encryption controls. Addressing the barriers to civil nuclear exports would also benefit U.S. security and competitiveness.

Press Releases

  • 04/20/2010
    Manufacturers Encouraged by Administrations Export Control Changes

    Manufacturers Encouraged by Administration’s Export Control ChangesImmediate Action and Fundamental Reforms Needed to Keep America Secure and Competitive National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Vice President for International Economic Affairs Frank Vargo issued the following statement today in response to Defense

  • 04/13/2010
    Manufacturers Call for Fundamental Overhaul of Export Control System
    WASHINGTON, D.C., – National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Vice President for International Economic Affairs Frank Vargo issued the following statement today on the release of the NAM's –Manufacturers Blueprint for a 21st Century Export Control Regime
  • 02/18/2010
    NAM Outlines Recommendations to Modernize Outdated Export Control System
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), which has been leading business community efforts with the current and previous administrations to modernize the export control system, yesterday provided a letter to National Security Advisor General James Jones and National Economic Advisor Lawrence Summers outlining its recommendations for the President's export controls review. The letter stressed the need to tighten controls on truly sensitive technology and simplify controls on technology that is not critical to national security – and is readily available from other countries.