WASHINGTON -- U.S. Department of Commerce Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement, F. Amanda DeBusk, today announced a $20,000 civil penalty imposed on Panalpina, Inc., a Humble, Texas, freight forwarder, to settle allegations that Panalpina committed 10 violations of the antiboycott provisions of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).
Panalpina is a U.S. subsidiary of a Swiss company. The Department of Commerce alleged that on ten occasions during 1996, Panalpina furnished, to persons in Saudi Arabia, information concerning other persons’ business relationships with Israel. Furnishing such information for boycott purposes is prohibited by the EAR.
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 boycotts. 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.