|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||
BUREAU OF INDUSTRY AND SECURITY
| Monday, October 6th, 2008
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced today that America II Electronics, Inc., an electronics wholesaler based in St. Petersburg, Florida, has agreed to pay a $170,000 civil penalty to settle allegations that it exported certain electronic components from the United States to Russia in violation of the Export Administration Regulations.
"It is very important to comply with licensing requirements, especially with goods controlled for national security reasons," said Darryl W. Jackson, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Enforcement. "Proper commodity classification is essential, exporters need to thoroughly review the description of the Export Control Classification Number or ECCN and pay particular attention to the conditions proscribed in the subparagraphs of certain ECCNs of the Commerce Control list."
The allegations involved four exports of analog-to-digital converters to Russia in 2003 and 2004. These electronic components are controlled on the Commerce Control List for National Security reasons and require a BIS license prior to export to Russia.
Assistant Secretary Jackson praised the BIS Office of Export Enforcement's Miami Field Office for its outstanding work on this case
BIS controls exports and re-exports of dual-use commodities, technology, and software for reasons of national security, missile technology, nuclear non-proliferation, chemical and biological weapons non-proliferation, crime control, regional stability and foreign policy. Criminal penalties and administrative sanctions can be imposed for violations of the Export Administration Regulations. For more information, please visit www.bis.doc.gov.