If you engineer drones or fabricate defense equipment, there is a good chance you want to export your goods to ensure you gain a lucrative slice of the exporting pie. You think to yourself, “Shouldn’t be too difficult, right? It can’t be too different from distributing domestically.” Think again, guys. Exporting drones and defense is nothing like exporting snacks or T-shirts. There are stringent laws in place that ensure what you export doesn’t come back to bite us. So, how in the world can you export drones and defense equipment from the US? I’m glad you asked.
Register Your Company Today!
If you want to export virtually anything, including drones and defense equipment, you need to register your company with the United States Department of State. After all, if you’re exporting the heavy stuff, the government needs to know what you’re exporting. Well, they already know it but this just keeps things formal. So, get ready to shell out at least US$2,250 every year for this recurring registration. You should call them today. Who knows, maybe the first 50 callers get a free t-shirt.
Read About ITAR
If you plan to send drones and defense equipment, or basically anything on the United States Munitions List (USML), you need to know the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). More than just ensuring fair trade, it helps ensure our defense equipment isn’t returned with a “From India, with love” label on it. As such, you need to spend a couple of nights reading about ITAR, so ready the microwave meals, coffee and peanuts. After all, you don’t want to be fined millions for a mistake as small as sending goods excluded from the USML list or not having a DSP-5 export license.
Obtain Your Own Exporting License
If you’re exporting defense equipment and drones, you will need a special exporting license, such as the DSP-5 export license. This license grants you permission to export defense “articles and/or technical data”.
Ok, let’s face it, exporting drones and defense equipment is pretty serious business. Not only do you need to ensure you have your entire documentation ready, you need to monitor all export traffic to ensure you’re not violating any acts, like Xe Services did in 2010. It will take you forever to read all the fine legalities and ensure you comply.
In many ways, exporting is a lot like buying a cake. Why bother with baking the cake and all its ingredients separately? Just buy a cake from a bakery. Why bother with all the fine details, registration, reading and monitoring when we can handle all your exporting needs for you? All you have to do is sit back and enjoy your cake – and its pretty good cake.