(CONNECTICUT) -- PTC Aerospace, of Litchfield, Conn., a division B/E Aerospace, of Wellington, Fla., agreed to pay a $500,000 civil penalty to settle allegations that it illegally exported aircraft parts to Iran Airlines, owned by the Islamic Republic of Iran, in 1992, 1994, and 1995, the Commerce Department announced.
In addition to the $500,000 civil penalty, the Department of Commerce also denied PTC Aerospace's export privileges for three years in connection with the alleged illegal exports. The denial period was suspended for three years, and will thereafter be waived if the company does not violate U.S. export control laws during that time.
B/E Aerospace also pled guilty in U.S. District Court in New Haven, Conn., to a charge that it violated U.S. export controls in connection with it export of aircraft parts to Iran Air in 1992. Judge Ellen Bree Burns sentenced B/E Aerospace to pay a criminal fine of $2,500,000 and a $100 special assessment fee.
The case was investigated by the Office of Export Enforcement's New York Field Office and the U.S. Customs Service, New Haven, Connecticut. The Department of Commerce controls and licenses the export and reexport of dual-use commodities and technical data. The Department's Bureau of Export Administration maintains and enforces these controls for reasons of national security, foreign policy, nonproliferation and short supply.
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.