On 5 August, OFAC announced that the US company Production Products, Inc. had agreed to pay $78,750 to settle civil liability for apparent violations of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferators Sanctions Regulations (the Regulations). From December 2009 to August 2010, according to OFAC, the company had shipped three duct fabrication machines to China National Precision Machinery Import and Export Corp., a specially designated national under the Regulations. The transactions were not self-disclosed, and OFAC considered the case to be non-egregious. OFAC determined that the statutory maximum penalty was $1 million, the aggregate transaction amount was $500,000, and the base penalty was $250,000.
Separately, on 24 July, OFAC announced that the US company Great Plains Stainless Co. (GPS)had agreed to pay $214,000 to settle civil liability for apparent sanctions violations. From April 2009 to July 2009, according to OFAC, GPS sold goods that its Chinese vendor shipped using a vessel that was designated as blocked property under the Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferators Sanctions Regulations. OFAC also alleged that GPS altered documents to hide that these transactions occurred. The transactions were not self-disclosed, and OFAC considered the case to be non-egregious even though it concluded that GPS had apparently acted wilfully with respect to some of the apparent violations. OFAC calculated the statutory maximum penalty as $500,000 and the base penalty as $340,000.