ITAR Law Firm and Lawyer - Commodity Jurisdiction and Classification

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ITAR and EAR law firm and lawyer - commodity jurisdiction and classification consulting and consultants

Commodity Jurisdiction & Classification Services

With unique and unrivaled capabilities, we help clients
navigate export controls jurisdiction/classification issues.

Unique Value. Go to the source: Led by a lawyer who re-wrote export control laws, including the U.S. Munitions List and Commerce Control List, we can make a difference through our unique understanding of the regulations and of otherwise opaque agency practices.

Trusted Advisor. We have worked with a diverse array of companies, from Fortune Global 50 companies to start-ups, on all aspects of jurisdiction/classification - from individual and large-scale assessments to developing classifications systems and appealing agency determinations.

Thought Leader. We have successfully advocated major regulatory changes that affect jurisdiction/classification, originated novel legal arguments that were successfully used in litigation, and wrote the only guide on preparing effective public comments to proposed rules.

Stagg P.C. has a leading and highly recognized practice handling export control jurisdiction/classification issues. We work with companies to develop high-confidence strategies and systems for determining jurisdiction/classification, and we provide individual or large-scale jurisdiction/classification assessments.

We also represent clients before the U.S. Department of State on commodity jurisdiction matters, including appeals and requests for reconsideration, and before the U.S. Department of Commerce on similar matters concerning commodity classification (CCATS) requests.

Our jurisdiction and classification services include:

  • Creating effective and high-confidence strategies and systems for handling export control jurisdiction and classification, whether through a traditional or electronic system.

  • Assisting clients with self-determinations of items that are subject to the ITAR or the EAR, whether as part of an individual determination or a large-scale classification project.

  • Handling and advising on commodity jurisdiction and commodity classification (CCATS) requests to the U.S. Government, as well as appropriate Advisory Opinion requests.

  • Representing clients before the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Commerce in cases involving CJ or CCATS appeals or requests for reconsideration.

  • Providing legal opinion letters to clients on regulatory interpretations of the ITAR and EAR.

  • Developing advisory opinion requests and responses to Federal Register Notices to the U.S. Government to advance and protect the client's interests.

  • Resolving issues with third parties over jurisdiction and classification concerns.

  • Advocating the removal of items from the U.S. Munitions List pursuant to Section 38 of the Arms Export Control Act.

Go to the Source. Christopher Stagg was previously a Senior Policy Advisor at the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), where he re-wrote U.S. export control regulations, including the U.S. Munitions List and Commerce Control List, and held leadership roles for the advisory opinion and commodity jurisdiction processes.

At DDTC, Mr. Stagg was involved in more than 500 commodity jurisdiction determinations, including appeals, and rewrote the internal review process. Since then, he has worked with a multitude of companies on all aspects of jurisdiction and classification, including developing the enterprise-wide jurisdiction/classification system for a major defense prime and self-classified 10,000s of items.

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