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Is an export license required for Boson, Tau2, Quark2 thermal imaging cameras?

Yes, except if the video frame rate is factory set to be less than 9 frames per second (fps). For FLIR OEM cameras that would otherwise have a 30 fps rate, the reduced frame rate is achieved by replicating one frame four times for NTSC (30 divided by 4 = 7.5 fps) or three times for PAL (25 divided by 3 = 8.33 fps). FLIR refers to this configuration as "slow video". Note that slow video frames are not averaged, rather, each frame is simply replicated either three or four times in succession, depending on whether the camera is set for PAL or NTSC.

Boson and Tau2 640 cameras are controlled by the Dept. of Commerce and are treated as a dual-use items, as are the Boson 320, Quark2 336, Tau2 336, 324, 168, 162, and 160 “full-rate” cameras.

Please note that FLIR does not apply for export licenses on behalf of customers – we apply for licenses only for orders that FLIR is exporting. FLIR also doesn’t export on behalf of US companies, i.e., take an order from a US company and deliver it to a foreign party.

Any US company that purchases a camera from FLIR that intends to export it is obligated to apply for the license themselves. FLIR provides information on how to register to do that on an ‘Export Fact Sheet’ as a convenience for its customers.

In order to obtain an export license, the ultimate consignee or end user of the infrared product must furnish an end-use statement on company letterhead to FLIR. The end user must also complete a BIS-711, Statement by Ultimate Consignee and Purchaser. Quoted delivery times are based upon receipt of the validated export license from the Dept. of Commerce, which takes 8-10 weeks on average, depending on the end-use application, completeness of the end-use statement, and verification of the end-user.

The International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) details the regulations governing the export of defense related materials and technologies. The U.S. Munitions List (USML) categorizes goods and technologies governed by the ITAR.

The Quark2 640 60Hz, and Quark2 640 30Hz and related technical data and information are controlled for export purposes to the ITAR. Any data provided at FLIR's website for Quark2 60Hz and 30Hz has been approved for public release, and is not export-controlled. It is a violation of the ITAR to export or re-export the Quark2 640 60Hz, Quark2 640 30Hz, or related technical data (other than data approved for public release) without first receiving authorization to do so from the U.S. Department of State.

Due to the export status of the Quark2 640 60Hz / 30Hz, any purchase, receipt, and/or use of these thermal imaging cameras or technical data (other than data approved for public release) is contingent upon an agreement to abide by all export laws and regulations of the United States, including, without limitation, the ITAR. Further, it must be acknowledged that export or re-export of the Quark2 640 30Hz / 60Hz or related technical data (other than data approved for public release) is not allowed without the requisite authorization from the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls of the Department of State.

In addition, § 122.1 of the ITAR states that “any person in the U.S. who engages in the business of either manufacturing or exporting defense articles or furnishing defense services is required to be registered with the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC).” It is the responsibility of any organization that buys, receives, and/or uses a Quark2 640 30Hz / 60Hz or Tau2 640 60Hz to register with DDTC in such cases.

Violations of the ITAR are extremely serious and can result in fines, debarment, and criminal sanctions. Please direct any questions or concerns regarding the export status of FLIR's OEM thermal imaging cameras to James Mattera, FLIR’s Manager of International Traffic, at (978) 901-8553.

Again, ITAR compliance for the Quark2 640 applies to the full-rate (30Hz & 60Hz) versions of these cameras, and does NOT apply to the “slow video” versions that operate at frame rates of less than 9Hz.