Compliance 101: Mitigating Risk Through Training

Export compliance is the process of ensuring that a company’s international trade activities comply with the relevant laws and regulations. These laws and regulations can be complex and vary depending on the nature of the products being exported, the destination country, and other factors. Noncompliance can result in significant costs and consequences for a company, including fines, penalties, and damage to its reputation.

One of the most significant costs of export compliance violations are the financial penalties that can be imposed by regulatory agencies. These penalties can be substantial, with some companies paying millions of dollars in fines for violations of export control laws. In addition to the direct financial costs, companies may also incur indirect costs such as legal fees, the cost of hiring consultants to help them come into compliance, and the cost of lost business as a result of the violation.

Another cost of export compliance violations is the damage to a company’s reputation. Companies that violate export control laws may face negative publicity, which can damage their reputation and make it more difficult for them to do business with customers and partners. This can be particularly damaging for companies that rely on their reputation for integrity and trust.

Given the significant costs of export compliance violations, it is important for companies to take steps to mitigate the risk of noncompliance. One key way to do this is through training. By providing employees with the knowledge and tools they need to understand and comply with export control laws, companies can reduce the risk of violations and the associated costs.

Effective export compliance training should cover a range of topics, including:

  • The relevant laws and regulations
  • The company’s export compliance policies and procedures
  • How to classify products on the Commerce Control List or the United States Munitions List
  • The requirements for obtaining licenses and other approvals
  • How to identify and screen customers and end users
  • How to properly document exports

By investing in export compliance training, companies can not only reduce the risk of violations, but also improve their efficiency and competitiveness in the global market. BIS offers guidance “Elements of an Effective Export Compliance Program.”

Using a trusted third party to offer training for employees is a way to mitigate risk and provide external validation and documentation of specific compliance training. Dunlap-Stone University offers a range of training and education programs that can be a way to assure your organization meets these expectations. For example, DSU’s Studies in US Export Compliance 4 course certificate program provides a foundation for compliance and the opportunity to learn and demonstrate crucial skills.