For Immediate Release: November 17, 2005
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The U.S. Department of Commerce announced today that the export privileges of Australian company Performance Medical Supplies have been denied for five years for violating and conspiring to violate the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) in connection with the unauthorized export of physical therapy equipment from the United States to Iran via Australia .
The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) charged that, in April 2000, Performance Medical Supplies of Victoria, Australia, committed 10 violations of the EAR by conspiring to export physical therapy equipment to Iran .
Under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and the Iranian Transaction Regulations, all exports to Iran of U.S.-origin commodities require an export license from the Office of Foreign Assets Control, (OFAC), of the Department of the Treasury. It is also unlawful to ship U.S. origin products to a third country with the knowledge that they are destined for Iran without the necessary authorization from OFAC. These prohibitions have been in place since 1995.
Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Enforcement Darryl Jackson commended the Office of Export Enforcement’s Washington Field Office for its work on this investigation.