The Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty (DTCT) between the United States and the United Kingdom officially enters into force April 13.
The treaty, signed in 2007 and ratified in 2010, is intended to ease the export of defense articles between the two countries by reducing the need for export licenses and other International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) approvals for certain items.
Rose Gottemoeller, acting undersecretary for arms control and international security, will host a private ceremony with British officials at the State Department April 13 to mark the treaty’s entry into force.
The treaty, which is the first of its kind, creates “approved communities” of government agencies and companies that may export and transfer certain U.S. Munitions List items for preapproved end-uses within the United States and United Kingdom and to locations where military operations are being conducted or supported, according to the State Department.
To qualify for membership in these approved communities, companies must meet specific requirements.
Not all defense items qualify for the exemption. Classified defense articles and services, amphibious vehicles and various types of software source code are some of the items not eligible for the exemption.
If either country wants to re-export an item originally transferred under the treaty, it would require approval of the U.S. or British government.
The United Kingdom is already one of the United States’ biggest defense trading partners, accounting for more than $13 billion in authorized exports of defense articles and services from the United States in 2011, according to the State Department.
The United States has signed and ratified a similar treaty with Australia, but it has not yet entered into force.