A Definition of Commodities
By nature, a workable definition of a commodity must be somewhat arbitrary. The following is one possible approach to identifying item-groups that are commodities.
The item-group must involve the following:
policy guidelines on the attributes of an acceptable end-use control system. In addition, if end-use arrangements are approved for specific classes of items (e.g., software and data), CoCom will have to develop** descriptions of specific strategies that have proved to be acceptable. Although following a previously successful strategy in an application for approval of an end-use arrangement might speed CoCom approval, it should be explicitly stated that following such a strategy is not a requirement for approval. Exporters should always be free to innovate and to propose alternative strategies. To ensure that CoCom's criteria for judging the acceptability of proposed end-use controls do not become outdated by rapidly evolving political realities, the United States should urge CoCom to reconsider and revise its end-use control guidelines on a regular basis.