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$50,000 Fines for Company, Individual for Unlicensed Export to Venezuela

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Bureau of Industry and Security has issued separate orders imposing civil penalties of $50,000 each on a Florida company and what appears to be one of its officers for a violation of the Export Administration Regulations. The company sold or transferred a FLIR high-performance infrared camera, which is classified under ECCN 6A003.b.4 and controlled for national security and regional stability reasons, for export to Venezuela without a BIS license despite having been informed that one was needed. In addition, the individual told BIS he was unaware at the time of export that this camera required U.S. government approval to be shipped to Venezuela when in fact that was not true.

If either the company or the individual fail to pay the penalties assessed in a full and timely manner, BIS may suspend their export privileges for one year.

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