Understanding the Global Reach of U.S. Export Regulations


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Understanding the Global Reach of U.S. Export Regulations

Many SEMI member companies are touched by export controls since these requirements affect a wide range of products— etch equipment, chemical vapor deposition equipment, lithography, and many other areas. To help China-based member companies and customers learn more about the global reach of U.S. export control regulations, SEMI organized a seminar in Beijing. This event was held May 13 and included over 40 participants from throughout the electronics supply chain. Our event partners were Tech America (formerly AeA) and the United States Information Technology Office (USITO).

The government and industry speakers discussed the current requirements and shared perspectives on how to ensure compliance. Key speakers and topics were:

  • Jeannette Chu, export control attaché, U.S. Embassy in Beijing. Ms. Chu is the key export control liaison in China between industry and the U.S. Commerce Department. She spends much of her time visiting local facilities to assess companies prior to license approval and to ensure that companies are meeting the terms of licenses that have already been approved. Ms. Chu discussed what the U.S. government is looking for in these types of visits, the “Validated End-User” program for streamlined licensing to pre-approved companies, and U.S.-China cooperation on export control issues.
  • Chris Szymanski, senior manager and export compliance administrator, SMIC. Mr. Szymanski formerly worked as professional staff in the U.S. Congress and he currently serves as the Co-Chair of the American Chamber of Commerce Export Compliance Working Group in China. He discussed the importance of export compliance for companies operating in China. He reviewed how companies can integrate compliance throughout the enterprise and how to organize and manage the administrative elements of an internal compliance plan.
  • John Larkin, president, Larkin Trade International. Mr. Larkin formerly served as the Export Compliance Director for Veeco Compound Semiconductor and he held several enforcement roles with the U.S. Government. He reviewed what China-based companies should expect during the license approval process and when companies might need to get an End-User Statement from China’s Ministry of Commerce. He also discussed how an internal compliance program can create a business advantage for a company.

Since so many SEMI member companies have business in Shanghai, we are organizing a second session to take place there this fall. For more information, please contact Ken Schramko at kschramko@semi.org.

June 1, 2009