|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||
BUREAU OF INDUSTRY AND SECURITY
| Friday, May 1st, 2009
Office of Public Affairs
WASHINGTON, D.C. -The Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced today that B.J. Services Company, a provider of specialty products and services to the oil and gas industries, has agreed to pay an $800,000 civil penalty to settle allegations that it exported certain butterfly and check valves in violation of the Export Administration Regulations. B.J. Services Company is headquartered in Houston, Texas.
"An effective compliance program requires continuous oversight and revision," said Kevin Delli-Colli, the Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Enforcement. "Failing to keep pace with changing business practices can result in numerous violations and degrade our system of export controls."
The allegations involved 63 unlicensed exports to a variety of countries of various service parts controlled under Export Commodity Classification Number 2B350 for reasons of chemical and biological weapons proliferation, specifically, Teflon-coated valves. The violations occurred between 2003 and 2007. The company voluntarily disclosed the violations, and cooperated fully with the investigation.
Acting Assistant Secretary Delli-Colli praised the BIS Dallas 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.