Trying to Open the Flow

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A key in determining whether an export license is needed from the Department of Commerce is finding out if the item you intend to export has a specific Export Control Classification Number (ECCN). ECCNs are five character alpha-numeric designations used on the Commerce Control List (CCL) to identify dual-use items for export control purposes.  An ECCN categorizes items based on the nature of the product, i.e. type of commodity, software, or technology and its respective technical parameters.

China has now restricted the export of ventilators under category 3 (electronic equipment), which means that it’s more difficult to export them than it used to be. And before you get upset about that and start blaggarding the communists (which I’m never opposed to in principle), it’s due to claims of ‘faulty or fake’ material being shipped from China during the plague.

In some cases it’s the fault of unscrupulous Chinese, and in some cases (Holland), it’s because a less expensive and less capable face mask was ordered. All N95 masks are not equal. We sell something like six grades of N95 masks on our website ( We haven’t had a problem with customers, but you have to order the right thing if you want to receive the right thing.

The bottom line is that ventilators shipped from China are now controlled for your safety, but having levels of bureaucracy placed between the manufacturer and the airplane leaving China, has caused the flow to turn from water to molasses.

We are working to cut the Gordian Knot, but it just takes extra time, that some people don’t have.

18 thoughts on “Trying to Open the Flow

  1. I finally found this page and have been catching up. The one I had bookmarked led to a location that never changed. The new layout looks good. I’ll be interested to see how it continues to evolve.

    1. Same here. Firefox kept going to the old place so I thought the transition had stalled. Happened to look on my phone and there was the new place. Typed in the address on Edge and it worked. Copied and pasted back into Firefox and STILL went the old place. Finally deleted browsing history for the past day, pasted in new address, and then Firefox was up to speed.

      1. I haven’t been home all day. There is going to be some de-bugging and there will be some minor format changes, but it’s a process, RHT447.

      2. ” There is going to be some de-bugging…”
        That was on my mind as I made my comment above. Sometimes it helps to know what the view is from the other end. Just wanted to give an accurate report. Am still having the same issue with Firefox, Edge still working fine. Likely the issue is on my end.

        1. Yeah, I’m trying to work my way through the new blog software as well, and it’s not all roses. I was out of the house almost all day today, and on the phone as I was shopping for essentials at the Costco in Prescott (Press-kit). I bring a notebook and a cell phone and work the problems as best I can. Truth be told, other team members seem to be carrying most of the water with some elements of the new business. But it’s all phone here and phone there.

  2. Old people, such as me, generally are resistant to changes. That said ( written ), I will reserve judgement for a while to see if I become use to the new format. I value the information you provide, so that will cause me to visit your site, even though my current feeling is that I liked the previous format better.

    Thanks for the posts.
    Paul L. Quandt

      1. While I still think I like the previous format better, you will have to try much harder than you currently are to make me stay away. You have better information than I find anywhere else.


    1. We’re in the process of filling an order from the government of Austria for 10,000 N95 surgical quality masks. That’s pretty much a minimum order.

  3. I like the way WWM Consultancy turns on a dime to find real world solutions for real world problems at best benefit. Well done!

    I feel there’s a synergy with the PPT (Pet Prayer Team).

    PS. Need a Wolf Head in your “banner”, imo.

    1. Things are going remarkably well, given that we’ve been in the medical device business for under a week. We have a website up, we have suppliers, we have customers, and next week, cha-ching – there should be cashflow. The ventilators are sort of a hassle, but we are moving other products.

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