Company Fined for Anti-Boycott Violations
The Bureau of Industry and Security has issued an order imposing a $25,200 civil penalty against a North Carolina company charged with six violations of the Export Administration Regulations. BIS alleged that on our occasions between 2009 and 2011, in connection with exports to Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, the company furnished information concerning another person’s business relationships with another person known or believed to be restricted from having any business relationship with or in a boycotting country. BIS also charged that on two occasions between 2008 and 2010, in connection with exports to Pakistan, the company received a request to take an action that would have the effect of furthering or supporting a restrictive trade practice or unsanctioned foreign boycott and failed to report those requests to BIS.
BIS states that timely payment of the penalty will be a condition to the granting, restoration or continuing validity of any export license, permission or privilege granted or to be granted to the company. Accordingly, if the company fails to pay the penalty in a timely manner BIS may deny all of its export privileges for one year.