For Immediate Release: April 14, 2004
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The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced that Invitrogen Corporation of Rockville, Maryland, agreed to a $2,000 civil penalty to settle allegations that its subsidiary, Invitrogen Limited of Scotland (Invitrogen), violated the antiboycott provisions of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).
The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) charged that Invitrogen furnished information about its business relationship with Israel when it certified to the end-user that the United States-origin goods the company sold to Syria were “not of Israeli origin and did not contain any Israeli materials.”
The antiboycott provisions of the EAR prohibit U.S. persons from complying with certain
requirements of unsanctioned foreign boycotts, including providing information about business relationships with Israel and refusing to do business with persons on boycott lists. In addition, the EAR requires that persons report their receipt of certain boycott requests to the Department of Commerce. Under the antiboycott provisions of the EAR, a controlled-in-fact foreign subsidiary of a domestic U.S. concern is considered a U.S. person.
Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement Julie L. Myers commended Compliance Officer Joyce Shepard of BIS’s Office of Antiboycott Compliance for her work on this case.