WASHINGTON -- The Commerce Department's Bureau of Export Administration
today imposed a $20,000 civil penalty on Herb Kimiatck and his company, Kimson
Chemical Inc., of Boston, Mass., to settle charges that he shipped sodium
cyanide from the United States to the Dominican Republic without obtaining
the license he knew or had reason to know was required for the shipment, Commerce
Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement F. Amanda DeBusk announced.
Sodium cyanide is controlled for nonproliferation reasons because it can be used as a precursor for chemical weapons. Commerce's Boston Office of Export Enforcement 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.