(WASHINGTON) -- Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement F. Amanda DeBusk announced today that H.A. Gogarty, Inc., a Metairie, La., freight forwarder, has agreed to pay a $5000 civil penalty for two alleged violations of the antiboycott provisions of the Export Administration Act and Regulations.
The Department alleged that, in a 1993 sale to Lebanon, Gogarty violated the Export Administration Regulations when it required another company to refuse to do business with ships blacklisted by countries that participate in the Arab League boycott of Israel. The Department also alleged that Gogarty furnished information, through an agent, about another company's business relationships with blacklisted ships.
While neither admitting nor denying the allegations, Gogarty agreed to pay the civil penalty. The company voluntarily disclosed the alleged violations to the Department.
The antiboycott provisions prohibit U.S. companies and individuals from complying with certain aspects of unsanctioned foreign boycotts against any country friendly to the United States that is not itself the object of any U.S. boycotts. Through its Office of Antiboycott Compliance, the Commerce Department investigates alleged violations, provides support in administrative or criminal litigation of cases, and prepares cases for settlement.
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.