For Immediate Release: March 12, 2004
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The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced that Atlas Copco Compressors Inc. (Atlas), of Voorheesville, New York will pay a $13,000 civil penalty to settle charges that it exported oil and air seal components to a listed entity in India without the required export licenses.
The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) charged that Atlas exported oil and air seal components to Bharat Heavy Electrical Ltd. (BHEL) in Ramachandrapuram, Hyderabad, India in July 2000. At the time of the export, BHEL was on the BIS’s Entity List and exports to BHEL therefore required a BIS license. The Entity List is a compilation of foreign end users involved in proliferation activities. BIS maintains the Entity List to inform the public of export license requirements related to these entities.
Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement Julie L. Myers commended Special Agent Charles Sheridan of BIS’s New York Field Office for his efforts in the investigation.