Background

The Bureau of Industry and Security has announced that a U.S. company will pay a $122,000 civil penalty to settle allegations that it violated the Export Administration Regulations on three occasions. If this penalty is not paid on time BIS may suspend the company’s export privileges for one year. A BIS press release reminds exporters that EAR violations can be criminally prosecuted, administratively fined, or both.

BIS charged the company with exporting items controlled for national security reasons to Russia, the United Arab Emirates, and Brazil without the required export licenses. According to BIS, on several occasions company staff knew the items were destined to restricted destinations and correctly identified their ECCN classifications, but compliance officials incorrectly told staff that the items could be shipped without a license.

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