Forwarder Fined $30,000 for Facilitating Unlicensed Shipment to China
The Bureau of Industry and Security has issued an order imposing a $30,000 fine against a New Jersey-based freight forwarder for facilitating the export of three spiral duct production machines and related accessories, which are subject to the Export Administration Regulations, to China without the required U.S. government authorization.
BIS states that the forwarder arranged for the shipment and filed a shipper’s export declaration in the Automated Export System indicating that the export was designated NLR (no license required). However, the recipient of the shipment was listed as a specially designated national for supplying Iran’s military and Iranian proliferators with missile-related dual-use items. BIS states that the forwarder did not check the SDN list or any other screening list in connection with either its preparation of the SED or the other arrangements it made relating to this export.
If the forwarder does not pay the penalty within 30 days, BIS may suspend its export privileges for one year.