WASHINGTON- The Commerce Department today imposed a $15,000 civil penalty on Hellmann International Forwarders, Inc. of Miami, FL, for allegedly preparing shipping documents that contained false information, Acting Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement Frank Deliberti announced.
Hellmann agreed to pay the penalty to settle the alleged violations of the export control regulations. The Department alleged that on three occasions the Chelsea, MA office of Hellmann prepared and used export control documents to ship titanium bars from the U.S. to Sweden, representing that the exports qualified for export under a general license (G-DEST), when, in fact, a validated license was required. Three other forwarders have already agreed to settle related cases by paying civil penalties ranging from $5,000 to $30,000. The Bureau of Export Administration's Boston Field Office conducted the investigation.
"I am pleased that Hellmann has instituted an aggressive export compliance training program for its personnel as a result of this case. The Department of Commerce hopes that other forwarders also take steps to ensure violations of this type are prevented rather than penalized." Deliberti said.
Commerce's 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.