WASHINGTON -- Commerce Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement F. Amanda DeBusk today announced a $4,000 civil penalty on BDP International Inc., for one alleged violation of the antiboycott provisions of the Export Administration Regulations by its Des Plaines, Illinois branch. BDP International Inc. is a freight forwarder with headquarters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The Department alleged that BDP, in a transaction involving a shipment to Saudi Arabia in 1997, furnished information regarding another company’s business relationship with or in Israel by certifying that the goods were not of Israeli origin, did not contain Israeli materials and were not exported from Israel. Furnishing such information is prohibited by the Regulations. While neither admitting nor denying the allegations, BDP agreed to pay the civil penalty.
The antiboycott provisions of the Export Administration Act and Regulations prohibit U.S. companies and individuals from complying with certain aspects of unsanctioned foreign boycotts maintained against any country friendly to the United States that is not itself the object of any form of a U.S. sanctioned boycott. Through its Office of Antiboycott Compliance, the Commerce Department investigates alleged violations, provides support in administrative or criminal litigation of cases and prepares cases for settlement.
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.