(WASHINGTON) The Commerce Department announced today that it has imposed a $40,000 civil penalty on Worchell Transport Inc., doing business as Prime Transport, a freight forwarder and customs broker, in Springfield Garden, New York.
The civil penalty resolves allegations that on eight separate occasions Prime Transport engaged in export transactions with a person whose U.S. export privileges had been denied. In this case, Prime Transport shipped U.S.-origin commodities to Cosmotrans AG in Switzerland. The Department denied Cosmotrans's U.S. export privileges in 1988 for 20 years. The transactions that led to the penalty on Prime Transport took place in 1995 and 1996. As part of the settlement, the Department will suspend $7,000 of the $40,000 fine for one year, and will waive that amount provided that Prime Transport commits no further violations.
Special agents from the Bureau of Export Administration's Export Enforcement field office in New York 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.