Alleged Evasion of Export Controls Yields $250,000 Penalty
The Bureau of Industry and Security has imposed a $250,000 penalty on a U.S. company charged with evading the Export Administration Regulations in connection with the intended export of a thermal imaging camera subject to export controls for national security and regional stability reasons. BIS alleged that the company prepared a shipping label and customs declaration falsely describing the nature and value of this item, thus violating its obligation to file provide true, accurate and complete electronic export information. BIS charged that the company also did not seek or obtain the required BIS export license for the intended shipment.
BIS is planning to suspend $190,000 of the civil penalty for two years and waive it thereafter provided that the company commits no further export violations during that time. If the company fails to pay the penalty in a full and timely manner BIS may suspend its export privileges for one year.