WASHINGTON -- Commerce Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement
F. Amanda DeBusk today announced a $20,000 civil penalty imposed on Haneflex Sales and Services Ltd., a Hong Kong trading and distribution company, for alleged violations of the Export Administration Regulations.
The Commerce Department alleged that in January 1995 Haneflex sold and transferred U.S. origin diffusion pumps to Shun Fat Metal and Iron Works in Hong Kong in violation of conditions in a Commerce license that had authorized the original export of the equipment from the United States to Hong Kong. The Department also alleged that Haneflex acted with knowledge that a violation of the Export Administration Regulations would occur.
Haneflex has also agreed to a 5 year denial of export privileges (suspended) as part of today’s settlement. Commerce’s San Jose Office of Export Enforcement investigated the case.
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.