for Strategic Trade Control Compliance

Shipment control is the phase of the overall STC compliance process prior to the actual export or transfer of strategic items from the country of export/transfer in which the completion of the transaction screening processes are confirmed, additional screening (particularly for restricted parties and diversion risk) is conducted if and as needed, any government authorizations necessary for the transaction to proceed are confirmed, and the information included in licenses and shipping documents is verified. In short, the purpose of the shipment control element is to verify that transaction screening procedures have been completed prior to shipment and to confirm the accuracy and integrity of the transaction and shipping documentation.

Those responsible for shipping in the enterprise should have (or be provided) a process for releasing or holding a shipment based on the results of the shipment control checks. Shipment control sometimes is included as a sub-element/process of the “Transaction Screening” portion of an ICP, but current international “best practice” suggests that it should be treated as a distinct ICP element, despite the similarities with and relationship the transaction screening element.

Implementing the Shipment Control element requires your enterprise to complete five tasks:

  1. Determine Who Will Develop the Shipment Control Process;
  2. Design the Specific Procedures for Shipment Control;
  3. Assign the Personnel that Will Be Responsible for Executing the Shipment Control Process;
  4. Establish Procedures to Keep the Shipment Control Process and Inputs Up-to-Date; and
  5. Document the Shipment Control Process and Its Outcomes.

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