$450,000 Penalty, Suspension of Export Privileges for Exports to Syria
The Bureau of Industry and Security has imposed a $450,000 civil penalty against a Lebanese company to settle charges associated with exports or reexports of controlled items to Syria. The items at issue were U.S.-origin mass spectrometers, gas chromatographs and consumables, liquid chromatograph-mass spectrometer systems, and liquid chromatograph modules classified under ECCN 3A999 and controlled for anti-terrorism reasons. According to BIS, the company either falsely identified the ultimate destination of the items as Iraq or Lebanon, destinations for which a BIS license was not required, or failed to disclose that the ultimate destination was Syria and proceeded with the transactions.
BIS has also denied the company’s export privileges for two years but is suspending this action, along with $275,000 of the penalty, provided the remaining amount of the penalty is paid and no further export violations are committed during that two-year period.