WASHINGTON -- Commerce Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement F. Amanda DeBusk today announced that Design Direction, Inc., a display case and packaging company located in Indianapolis, Indiana, has agreed to pay a $3,000 civil penalty to settle two alleged violations of the antiboycott provisions of the Export Administration Regulations.
The Department alleged that Design Direction, in a transaction involving a sale to the United Arab Emirates in 1995, furnished information regarding another company's business relationships with Israel. The Department also alleged that Design Direction failed to report its receipt of the boycott-related request for the information it allegedly furnished.
The company voluntarily disclosed the alleged violations to the Department. While neither admitting nor denying the allegations, the company 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 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.