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.

BIS recently issued a TDO (temporary denial order) which contained some interesting allegations about “virtual offices” against a company charged with illegal exports to Iran. The order places Anvik Technologies and its owner, Babak Jafarpour, on the Denied Persons List.

PPG Industries recently agreed to fork over $3.75 million in criminal and civil fines for EAR violations. If anyone says the U.S. government is losing interest in enforcing these regulations, you might refer them to this case.

You’ve heard of DTrade. You’ve been to SNAP-R. Now get ready to experience a whole new system for submitting export licenses online ... USXPORTS. This platform actually isn’t “new,” except to those of us who’ve been using the DDTC and BIS systems for licenses.