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BIS Sends Final Version of Oct. 7 Chip Rule for Interagency Review

The Bureau of Industry and Security this week sent for interagency review a much-anticipated final rule that would make updates and corrections to its Oct. 7, 2022, China chip controls (see 2211010042 and 2210070049). BIS said the rule, sent to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Oct. 10, will make “additional changes in response to the comments received” on the Oct. 7 rule, as well as “additional changes identified by BIS that are needed in order to achieve the objectives” of the controls. The Oct. 7 rule introduced new license requirements for a range of semiconductor related exports and activities involving China.

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A BIS official in September said the agency was preparing to issue the updated controls this month (see 2309280018). The administration is believed to be considering expanding the controls to cover a broader set of artificial intelligence-related chips (see 2306290048 and 2307060037).