WASHINGTON -- The Commerce Department today imposed a $5000 civil penalty on Morrison Express Corporation (Morrison), of Chelsea, MA, for allegedly preparing a shipping document that contained false information.
Morrison agreed to pay the penalty to settle an alleged violation of the export control regulations. The Department alleged that Morrison represented on a shipping document that titanium bars could be exported under general license when in fact a validated license was required. The Bureau of Export Administration's Boston Field Office conducted the investigation.
"When freight forwarders fill out shipping documents without requesting or obtaining accurate export license information from its customers, our national security and foreign policy interests may be compromised," said Commerce Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement John Despres.
"We hope that our strong enforcement efforts will encourage forwarders and exporters to work together to see that exports are properly licensed," he 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.