For Immediate Release - June 10, 2003
Contact: BIS Public Affairs
The U.S. Department of Commerce announced today that Kamino International Transport, Inc. (Kamino), a freight forwarder with offices in the United States and overseas, has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $5,000 to settle allegations that it violated the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) when an employee of the company made misstatements in connection with its retention of export control documents.
The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) alleged that a Kamino employee told a BIS investigator that Kamino had disposed of export control documents which the investigator had requested Kamino to produce. In fact, Kamino had not disposed of the records. The EAR requires that such records be retained and produced upon request of BIS.
BIS administers and enforces export controls for reasons of national security, foreign policy, nonproliferation, and short supply. Criminal penalties and administrative sanctions can be imposed for violations of the EAR.