Here I had thought that we had shamed most companies from issuing those grandiloquent press releases claiming that ITAR registration from DDTC constitutes incontrovertible proof that the company can leap tall buildings in a single bound, synthesize gold from base metals and recite the entire text of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations by heart. Backwards.
Then comes along Toronto-based SMTC announcing its registration with this whopper:
Companies receiving this certification must have the knowledge and understanding to fully comply with ITAR regulations and demon-
strate that they have implemented corporate procedures and controls to ensure compliance.
Maybe it’s because they are a Canadian company and just don’t know any better?
The real issue is that some sales person has decided that this is a good idea to get sales and the person in charge of ITAR doesn’t have as much of a say as the sales person. I am constantly fighting that battle where I work; well, that and the “registration vs certification” battle.
Is it just me, or are all of these statements just a little too canned? Could it be that the verbiage was given to them? And could it be that it is not so much an affirmation for which the ITAR Registration is bestowed, but rather a, “Listen Buddy, this is what we are going to expect from you now!”