WASHINGTON -- Commerce Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement F. Amanda DeBusk today announced a $10,000 civil penalty imposed on Texas-based S.R. Traffic Service for alleged exports of U.S.-origin potassium fluoride from United States to Mexico without the proper licenses.
Potassium fluoride is controlled for export by multilateral agreement with the 30-nation Australia Group of chemical producers because, in addition to its legitimate commercial uses, the chemical has the potential to serve as a precursor in a chemical weapons program.
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.