Category: Violations

Earlier this month, Erdal Kuyumcu, the CEO of Global Metallurgy, LLC, was arrested for allegedly exporting a cobalt-nickel metallic powder from the United States to Iran. According to the Department of Justice press release, Kuyumcu’s company planned to ship the metallic powder through an intermediary in Turkey in order to conceal the ultimate destination of...

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) denied export privileges for two individuals and three companies. The actions center around a conspiracy to illegally export web-monitoring and controlling equipment and software to Syria. In particular, this conspiracy involved the Syrian Telecommunications Establishment (STE). “The settlement announced today results...

Recently, a South Carolina company, STREIT USA, was fined $3.5 million to settle charges related to the sale of U.S.-origin vehicles to end-users located in multiple countries. The company is part of STREIT Group, which is a global manufacturer of armored vehicles for military, security, luxury and other markets. As part of the settlement, $1.5...

Last week, Lockheed Martin agreed to buy Sikorsky Aircraft from United Technologies (UTC) for $9 billion. The sale, which is pending U.S. Government approval, represents the largest defense industry deal of the past 20 years, according to The Wall Street Journal. Lockheed is already the world’s largest defense contractor, and Sikorsky is the largest military...

Last week, oil and gas giant Schlumberger plead guilty to facilitating trade with Iran and Sudan, in violation of U.S. sanctions. The parent company’s Schlumberger Oilfield Holdings Ltd. (SOHL), which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Schlumberger Ltd., agreed to a guilty plea for conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) by willfully...

I’m something of a “news junkie.” If you’re like me, then you are constantly hearing about certain countries that can’t seem to keep themselves out of the news. You may even occasionally hear the name of a country that your company either does business with, or is contemplating as a customer. There are many ways...

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus once famously said: “The only thing that is constant is change.” In the world of trade compliance, country sanctions and restricted parties lists are no exception to this rule. Time and time again, I see people with printed lists of countries posted near their computers, to remind them of where they...

Exporters can anticipate “robust and comprehensive” enforcement efforts in the near future, according to remarks given by David Mills, Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement. Mills was speaking at the annual update conference hosted by the U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in Washington, D.C. According to Secretary Mills, for fiscal year 2013, BIS investigations...

Earlier this month, Esterline Technologies Corporation agreed to pay a $20 million civil penalty for alleged violations of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). According to the State Department’s charging letter, these violations span a number of years, and cover various subsidiaries and departments within the company. Although the charges against the company are...

Wars are won and lost as a result of many factors. One factor that is often overlooked is the role that information plays in the outcome of any struggle. For example, the fake army commanded by General George S. Patton at Calais convinced the Axis powers that the Allies were going to take the shortest...