U.S. continues national emergency with respect to export control regulations

U.S. President Barack Obama will continue for one additional year the national emergency declared with respect to export control regulations, the White House announced on Thursday.

On August 17, 2001, then-President George W. Bush issued Executive Order 13222 under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. In the order, he declared a national emergency with respect to the extraordinary and unusual threat to the national security, economy, foreign policy of the U.S. in light of the expiration of the Export Administration Act of 1979, as amended.

The order allowed the Export Administration Act to continue in full force the export control system maintained by the law's Export Administration Regulations. Executive Order 13222 incorporated the delegations of authority set forth in six previous executive orders on July 7, 1977, March 12, 1991, November 15, 1996, May 2, 1980, November 15, 1996 and June 11, 1993.

Because the Export Administration Act was not renewed by Congress, President Obama said the national emergency declared on August 17, 2001, must continue beyond the scheduled expiration of August 17, 2013.

According to the Catholic University of America, portions of the Export Administration Act deal with nuclear security, foreign and national security policy, arms export control, chemical weapons convention regulations and international traffic in arms regulations.

The notice will be published in the Federal Register and transmitted to Congress.