TABLE 6-3 Department of Commerce License Processing Times (in business days), 1989

 

1985

1986

1987

1988

1989

All cases

Average

28

25

21

17

17

Nonreferred

17

14

10

8

8

Referred

98

59

59

61

67

Nonreferred cases

Free worlda

16

13

9

7

7

CoCom

14

10

5

5

4

China

31

23

18

16

21

Eastern bloc

40

45

27

16

28

Referred cases

Free worlda

59

38

41

50

50

CoCom

35

26

19

42

49

China

172

172

169

126

129

Eastern bloc

151

146

111

82

83

Disposition of Licenses Processed in 1989

Approved

 

74,905 = $122.88 billion

Returned w/o action

 

5,677 = 9.08

Rejected

 

484 = 0.40

Total

 

81,066 = 132.36

NOTE: Processing time for a license begins when a case is assigned to a licensing officer at the Department of Commerce and ends when a licensing determination is made.

a Department of Commerce designation for all nonproscribed, non-CoCom countries.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Export Administration.

level of the EARB is the Operating Committee, which reviews agency positions on U.S. licenses for export to proscribed destinations and to the PRC. It is chaired by the director of BXA and consists of representatives at the level of office director from the Defense and State Departments, among other participants. Disputes unresolved at this level may go to the Advisory Committee on Export Policy, an assistant-secretary-level body. The third and highest level is the cabinet-level EARB itself. The board is chaired by the secretary of commerce, and the secretaries of defense and state are members. High-ranking intelligence officials and other agency representatives may be asked to attend, as appropriate.

The Export Administration Act places certain time limits on case review. EARB guidelines attempt to manage dispute resolution within those time frames. Once the Commerce Department has received licensing recommendations from other agencies and made a preliminary licensing decision, other departments are given 10 days to either accept the decision or take the matter



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