For exports that still required a BIS license, regulatory burdens were also eased through so-called de minimis provisions which allowed non-U.S. companies to focus on purchasing U.S. products without worrying about violating content, services and technology inputs under ITAR. The prohibitions on trade with countries subject to arms embargoes, such as China, remained in place. Indeed, the changes allowed for more resources to be devoted to investigating and prosecuting illegal trade with such countries.
He pressed his staff when making regulatory changes to “distinguish between lore versus law.”
When you shake up an entire system like export controls, some people will even learn that they weren’t complying with the regulations.