Bureau of Industry and Security
On March 14, BIS entered into a Settlement Agreement with Access USA Shipping, LLC of Sarasota, Florida to settle 150 alleged violations of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The company illegally shipped rifle scopes, night vision lenses, weapons parts, and EAR99 items. The 150 alleged violations included 129 counts of evasion, 17 counts of exporting or attempting to export crime control items without the required license, and 4 counts of exporting or attempting to export to a sanctioned entity on the BIS Entity List without the required license. Access USA was assessed a civil penalty of $27 million, of which $17 million dollars of the penalty was suspended for a two-year probationary period.
On March 30, the U.S. Government determined that 30 foreign persons engaged in activities warranting the imposition of measures pursuant to Section 3 of the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSA). The Russian company Rosoboronexport was also listed, but identified in a separate Federal Register notice on March 29.
Effectively, the measures prohibit the U.S. government from contracting with or assisting these companies and individuals. In addition, the measures terminate all sales of any defense articles, defense services, or design and construction services under the Arms Export Control Act. Finally, the measures prevent any issuing of, and suspend any current, licenses for the export of items controlled under the Export Administration Act of 1979 or the Export Administration Regulations.