The Office of Export Control Cooperation (ISN/ECC) is the U.S. Government’s premier provider of assistance to foreign governments to ensure strategic trade control systems meet international standards and to establish independent capabilities to detect, interdict, investigate, and prosecute illicit transfers of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), related items, and conventional arms. ISN/ECC accomplishes this goal through the promotion of dialogue, provision of training, and donation of equipment under the Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) Program. ISN/ECC program managers work closely with regional bureaus and country desks in the State Department to assess global nonproliferation risks and needs. Program Managers also coordinate with all interagency U.S. Government (USG) nonproliferation export and border control assistance programs. Officers establish priorities for such assistance in conformance with U.S. nonproliferation initiatives.
Through its chairmanship of an Interagency Working Group, ISN/ECC coordinates U.S. Government nonproliferation strategic trade and border control assistance programs and establishes priorities in conformance with U.S. nonproliferation policy goals to stem the proliferation of WMDs and their delivery systems, and prevent destabilizing transfers of conventional weapons and related goods and technologies. ISN/ECC also coordinates USG efforts in this area with foreign assistance providers, including the European Union, Japan, and Australia.
Improving Capacity to Assess and Implement Effective Strategic Trade Controls: ISN/ECC develops, implements, and manages the Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) program in order to help governments to establish, strengthen, and enforce export/border control systems and responsible export control policies consistent with international practices. The EXBS program takes a regional and multilateral approach, promoting harmonization of national export control systems with international standards. The program also organizes a number of regional fora to bring national policymakers and technical experts together to share information and best practices.
For more information on the EXBS Program click here EXBS Activities:
Training and Equipment
The EXBS program draws from the curricula of its implementers to provide nearly 100 different training activities to improve the development, implementation and enforcement of effective trade controls at the local, national, and regional levels. These activities address specialized topics relevant at every step of the export control system, including proliferation awareness for senior policymakers, legal/regulatory models, to licensing practices, commodity identification training, and detection and enforcement techniques at air, land, sea, and rail borders. EXBS also provides state-of-the art detection equipment and equipment training.
EXBS sponsors regional and global conferences to bring national policymakers and technical experts together to share information about proliferation challenges and the latest developments in the multilateral nonproliferation regimes, to compare experiences, and to facilitate information-sharing and networking. EXBS sponsors regular International Export Control Conferences and Global Transshipment Conferences, as well as many regional conferences. EXBS events have also focused on UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1540 implementation and improved controls on conventional arms, including man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS) and small arms/light weapons, and dual-use items. For the most up-to-date information on these conferences please visit www.state.gov/strategictrade.
Collaboration and Exchanges
EXBS works with other export control assistance providers such as the European Union, Japan, and Australia, as well as with related U.S. Government programs such as the Defense Department's International Counterproliferation Program, State Department's Anti-Terrorism Assistance (ATA) and International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement (INCLE) programs and Energy Department's Second Line of Defense program. EXBS also partners with countries to share information and exchange best practices and technical expertise.
In order to accomplish its core objective of non-proliferation, EXBS has overseen the development of an automated export licensing system called “Tracker”. Licensing bodies can use the Tracker software to electronically review export license applications for dual-use and controlled items submitted by firms. Tracker allows licensing officials to coordinate internal government analysis with associated control ministries, regimes, and regional organizations. In line with internationally-accepted best practices for licensing, Tracker provides greater transparency, ensures interagency coordination during the review process, and allows countries to advance from a highly-corruptible paper-based process to a more efficient electronic system. Tracker is currently implemented in over twenty countries worldwide. EXBS is working to not only expand Tracker to other countries, but also to expand its use within countries to ports of entry. For more information on the Tracker Program please contact Mike Hoagland, Tracker Program Manager, at 202-647-1916 or by e-mail at HoaglandMJ@state.gov or use the links below.
The EXBS program of the ISN/ECC Office sponsors the website: www.state.gov/strategictrade.
Multilateral Nonproliferation Export Control Regimes:
ISN/ECC also Manages and implements additional programs apart from those implemented by other U.S. Government agencies including the responsibility for export control capacity-building in foreign partner states/ Through its chairmanship of the Export Control Assistance Interagency Working Group, ISN/ECC coordinates and integrates U.S. Government interagency efforts to effectively implement export control assistance projects and programs.
Implementation and Support of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1540: The assistance provided by the ISN/ECC also assists other nations in fulfilling their UNSCR 1540 commitments. UN Security Council Resolution 1540 (April 2004) requires UN member states to adopt and enforce effective laws and measures to prevent non-State actors from developing or acquiring WMD.
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