SEMI Export Control Proposals Implemented by the U.S.

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SEMI Export Control Proposals Implemented by the U.S.


After nearly nine months of waiting, the export control requirements for etch equipment and cluster tools have been reduced as a result of SEMI’s public policy work. Each year SEMI works closely with member companies to push for improvements to the export control list maintained by the multilateral Wassenaar Arrangement as part of their annual list review. The most recent proposals were agreed to in December 2009, but only implemented by the U.S federal government as of September 7, 2010. 

Because of these newly implemented regulations, the control for etch equipment will no longer apply to equipment above 65 nanometers rather than the previous control level of 180 nanometers.  The control for cluster tools has been narrowed to only apply when two or more functionally different semiconductor process tools are used. Each of these new regulations is the result of several years of discussion between government and industry. They are good examples of the value of working together to improve the control list while reducing unnecessary burdens on exporters.

SEMI continues to be active in not only working on reforming the specific regulations that govern export control, but also working to ensure that our industry is given strong consideration as the federal government works to reform the overall the export control system.

For more information on export control issues, please contact Maggie Hershey at

October 5, 2010