Category: Violations

About once every week, I talk with a person who says something like: “All of these export rules and regulations don’t apply to me.” (Most often, this is said in the form of a hopeful question. “These rules don’t apply to me, right?” Other times, the person has already made a decision and they’re simply...

An Australian man and his company have been charged with several counts of violating the EAR and ITAR (as well as OFAC trade embargoes). The charges point to an alleged scheme to export restricted items from the U.S. to Australia, for transshipment to Iran, in violation of numerous export control regulations. According to the Department...

The U.S. Government continues to enforce a variety of export compliance laws in an effort to thwart the movement of goods and services to Iran. This has resulted in substantial penalties for individuals and companies who attempt to circumvent these regulations. Yesterday, for example, the BIS issued a Temporary Denial Order (TDO) against Delfin Group...

Earlier this month, the Department of the Air Force imposed a sanction against six freight forwarding companies who allegedly engaged in anti-trust price fixing. (UPDATE: That list has now been reduced to five.) As a result, these forwarders are debarred from engaging in government contracts. (And as a result of that, these same forwarders are...

Whoever said freight forwarders weren’t responsible for export compliance? A recent settlement from the BIS seems to point at a new trend in government enforcement of U.S. export regulations. Namely, holding all parties accountable for their actions. Earlier this month, FedEx agreed to pay a $370,000 civil penalty to settle charges that it violated the...

In a recent story courtesy of www.NJ.com. Swiss Technology, Inc., of Clifton, New Jersey, was recently penalized for violating U.S. export control regulations, specifically the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). According to this news story, the company was sentenced to two years probation and a $1.1 million fine. On its website, Swiss Technology describes...

How severe are export violations?  A 46-year-old resident of Silver Springs, Maryland, is in the process of finding out.  According to a recent press release, Nadeem Akhtar pled guilty to conspiring to commit export violations with a scheme to illegally export nuclear-related materials to Pakistan. The DOJ and BIS are charging Akhtar with misrepresenting the nature...

Ever heard of The Parts Guys?  Neither had I.  Now, it seems, the whole world knows about this business and its president, Michael Edward Todd. The Parts Guys, LLC, is a company in Port Orange, Florida, which also operates a warehouse in Macon, Georgia.  (I’m going out on a limb and guessing these guys sell...

A California company and its CEO were sentenced earlier this month for conspiracy to export controlled services to Iran. GWC Valve International and its CEO, David Meador, allegedly attempted to engage in services related to industrial valves for use in Iran. With more and more news reports that Iran is close to having nuclear capabilities, we can...

The U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) recently imposed a $575,000 civil penalty against TW Metals of Exton, Pennsylvania. The company allegedly exported titanium alloy and aluminum bar to China and Israel without first obtaining export licenses. Both aluminum and titanium alloys are controlled by Export Control Classification Number (ECCN) 1C202. These alloys require...