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$2.8 Million Civil Penalty for Exporting Internet Monitoring Technology to Syria

Friday, April 26, 2013
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Bureau of Industry and Security announced April 25 that a United Arab Emirates company has agreed to pay a $2.8 million civil penalty following allegations that it committed three violations of the Export Administration Regulations related to the transfer to Syria of devices designed to monitor and control Internet traffic. The company has also agreed to submit to independent third-party audits.

According to the BIS, the UAE company was an authorized distributor in the Middle East of hardware and software products manufactured by a California company. Although the distribution agreement obligated the UAE company to comply with BIS export rules and contained additional safeguards specially applicable to that company, it nevertheless knowingly provided the manufacturer with false information concerning the end user and ultimate destination of the items at issue.

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