What does it mean to be ITAR approved? Well, the U.S. government requires all manufacturers, exporters, and brokers of defense services or technical data to be ITAR compliant. ITAR stands for International Traffic in Arms Regulation. More and more companies require their supply chain to be ITAR certified or ITAR compliant based on how the end product will be used, even though they aren’t involved in the export of the product or its related technical information. When a product is listed on the United States Munitions List (USML), ITAR compliance must be achieved. Printed circuit boards fall onto that list. In fact, they fall under Item 14—Category II of the United States Munitions List. When manufacturing an ITAR-compliant printed circuit board, all the information provided must be handled in a manner that allows for the prevention of access by any unknown or unauthorized source. The product also cannot be available for review or acquisition by any unapproved party. Here at National Technology, Inc., you can rest assured we specialize in ITAR approved circuit board manufacturing.
We do this for any industry, too, from industrial automation and electronics to telecommunications and automotive.
ITAR confusion can result in penalties when it comes to the outsourcing of sensitive materials to unauthorized countries. The ITAR governs the export and re-export of certain controlled commodities, technologies and services. One hefty penalty can be a business shutdown while the government investigates the violations in question. This is a time-consuming process, one that could take months while seizing computers, servers, and products.
You may assume you’re receiving U.S.-made products because you bought them from a supplier located domestically. But many U.S.-based PCB suppliers also have offshore operations from other countries and then bring them here to resell domestically.
Rest assured, we realize the gravity of the situation and are 100 percent ITAR compliant.