The International Traffic in Arms Regulations is a set of United States government regulations that control the export and import of defense-related articles and services on the United States Munitions List (USML). These regulations implement the provisions of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA), and are described in Title 22 (Foreign Relations), Chapter I (Department of State), Subchapter M of the Code of Federal Regulations.

The Department of State Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) interprets and enforces ITAR. Its goal is to safeguard U.S. national security and further U.S. foreign policy objectives. The related Export Administration Regulations (Code of Federal Regulations Title 15 chapter VII, subchapter C) are enforced and interpreted by the Bureau of Industry and Security in the Commerce Department. The Department of Defense is also involved in the review and approval process. Physical enforcement of import and export laws at border crossings is performed by Customs and Border Protection, an agency of the Department of Homeland Security.

For practical purposes, ITAR regulations dictate that information and material pertaining to defense and military related technologies (for items listed on the U.S. Munitions List) may only be shared with U.S. Persons unless authorization from the Department of State is received or a special exemption is used. U.S. Persons (including organizations) can face heavy fines if they have, without authorization or the use of an exemption, provided foreign (non-US) persons with access to ITAR-protected defense articles, services or technical data.


Cirexx is registered with DDTC to perform work that falls under the purview of ITAR. Cirexx is also fully compliant with Department of Defense (DoD) National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) 800-171, which is a regulation that protects controlled classified information.

Every Cirexx employee also completes ITAR compliance refresher training annually.

ITAR compliance will be needed if:

  • Your client is a defense contractor
  • All or part of your design is classified
  • The PCB will be used in an aerospace or military environment
  • The product will be registered on the USML


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Our experienced staff possesses a deep understanding of the details and intricacies of ITAR rules and regulations. If you have any questions or would like more information about ITAR or NIST 800-171 compliance, please contact us. We look forward to helping you with your next PCB project.