Challenge in Aviation Supply Chain - ITAR Compliance
by Saravanan Rajarajan | 3 min read
Smart aviation software is the key to ensuring compliance with one of the most complex regulatory systems in the world, ITAR
For something as crucial as defense-related parts movement across the globe, it is inevitable that every aspect of it is run through a fine-tooth comb to doubly ensure the parts do not end up in unauthorized hands or for unauthorized purposes.
Working in this area, International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) monitors the export and import of defense-related articles and services on the United States Munitions List (USML). USML is a list which comprises articles, services and technology that have been categorized as something specific to defense and space-related by the United States federal government. The U.S. government has made it mandatory that all manufacturers, exporters, and brokers of defense articles, defense services, or related technical data must be ITAR compliant.
ITAR compliance in the Aviation Supply Chain can be quite a taxing job. The reason? Some parts used in the defense segment are also used in commercial aviation, and it becomes tricky to categorize them according to its use in each of the segment. Also, the high frequency and volume of movements across the globe makes it challenging to track it at every level.
Aviation ERP systems, comprising of advanced defense software modules, can be of great help when it comes to enabling ITAR compliance by addressing the following 6 key requirements.
Organizations involved in dealing with ITAR related parts have a serious responsibility of adhering to ITAR compliance regulations. Any deviations will result in high penalties and may even be barred from future exports. It is imperative that good aviation software backed up with the process discipline is utilized, that will facilitate compliance in the most efficient way.
This is the first part of the three part series on Defense Requirements by Saravanan Rajarajan. Stay tuned for more.