(WASHINGTON) -- The Commerce Department today imposed a total of $30,000 in civil penalties on C.H. Powell Company of Peabody, Mass., for allegedly preparing shipping documents that contained false information and acting with knowledge or reason to know that a violation had occurred, F. Amanda DeBusk, assistant secretary for Export Enforcement announced.
The civil penalties were imposed in two separate cases. In one case, the Department alleged that on four separate occasions C.H. Powell prepared export control documents with false information and used them in connection with exports of sodium cyanide from the United States to Peru, Venezuela and Guatemala. The second case involved allegations that on one occasion C.H. Powell arranged for an exporter to ship sodium cyanide from the United States to the Dominican Republic, knowing or having reason to know that the exporter had failed to obtain the necessary Commerce Department authorization. The Bureau of Export Administration’s Boston Field Office investigated the cases.
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.