WASHINGTON -- U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Enforcement, F. Amanda DeBusk today announced a $200,000 civil penalty on Bayer Corporation, Tarrytown, NY, to settle allegations that the company’s Diagnostics Division exported U.S.-origin glucose and other reagents to several destinations.
The Department alleged that on 57 occasions between October 1994 and January 1997, Bayer Corporation exported glucose and other reagents from the United States to Hong Kong, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, and Taiwan, without obtaining the required validated export licenses. The U.S. government controls glucose and other reagents because of concerns that they may be used for chemical or biological weapons.
The Department of Commerce, through its Bureau of Export Administration, administers and enforces export controls for reasons of national security, foreign policy, nonproliferation and short supply. Criminal penalties, as well as administrative sanctions, can be imposed for violations of the regulations.
In April of 2002 the Bureau of Export Administration (BXA)
changed its name to the Bureau of Industry and Security(BIS). For historical
purposes we have not changed the references to BXA in the legacy documents
found in the Archived Press and Public Information.