WASHINGTON -- Commerce Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement, F. Amanda DeBusk, today announced a $104,000 civil penalty imposed on Kenclaire (West) Electrical Agencies, Inc., a Fresno, California, wholesaler of lighting supplies, to settle allegations that Kenclaire violated the antiboycott provisions of the Export Administration Regulations on 30 occasions.
According to allegations made by the Department, Kenclaire committed 11 violations of the antiboycott regulations when it agreed not to do business with manufacturers banned under the Arab boycott rules. The antiboycott regulations prohibit, among other things, refusals to do business or agreements to refuse to do business with companies that are banned under the Arab boycott of Israel. The Department also alleged that Kenclaire committed 19 additional violations when it failed to report, to the Department, its receipt of 19 requests to comply with this boycott related condition. The regulations also require U.S. companies to report their receipt of such boycott requests.
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.