Ardel Engineering is an ITAR registered CNC machining shop dedicated to providing precision parts and components for military and defense technologies.

ITAR

What is ITAR?

ITAR, or the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, is a series of controls designed to restrict and regulate the export of products with defense industry applications.

The Department of State oversees ITAR and determines which items and services according the United States Munitions List (USML). Its purpose is preventing unclassified defense-related items from falling into the hands of unfriendly governments or groups.

ITAR has several implications for companies involved in the manufacture, sale, or export/import of defense-related items. In other words, any company having access to any defense-related articles, service or technical information is subject to ITAR and requires licensing by the State Department.

You would expect certain products to fall under the oversight of ITAR such as weapons, munitions or military vehicles. Other items are not so apparent. These include software, technical data and certain services that may include maintenance, repair or testing. This also includes items such as protective shelters or personnel equipment.

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Wide Range of Implications

There is a broad reach to ITAR. Parts not appearing to have any defense value like a fabricated metal component may also qualify under ITAR if that component winds up in a larger military product. Even items used for civilian purposes may qualify under ITAR so long as the items were initially designed, developed, adapted or modified for a military application.

Companies meeting the ITAR requirements must register with the State Department. Once gaining approval, a company must avoid participation in activities including the transfer of technical data/software, services or exports of items on the USML list to foreign countries. Strict record keeping and reporting are mandated. Failure to comply creates many problems.

If your company falls under ITAR regulations and still exports non-defense related items, proceed cautiously as penalties for compliance violations are stiff. Companies may lose government contracts and be prevented from doing business with the government forever.

Additionally, fines are stiff, ranging up to $1 million per violation. For extreme violations, criminal sanctions including prison sentences up to 10 years for company officers, directors and employees are possible. Proper training and adherence to the regulations provide the only route to successful operation within ITAR.

ITAR Compliant Services

Ardel Engineering is committed to being an ITAR compliant machining shop, manufacturing high-quality products for military, defense, and government clients, and specializing in aerospace applications. We offer an array of precision machining services including Swiss screw turning, CNC machining using various mediums, and wire EDM, as well as mulitple value added services that include MIL-SPEC anodizing and filming.

You can be assured that our company adheres to all ITAR requirements provided by the State Department. If your next project requires precision machined components from an ITAR registered company, please use the form above to contact our team, and learn how we can assist you.

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