(WASHINGTON) -- The Commerce Department today imposed a $20,000 civil penalty on Realtek Semi-conductor Co. Ltd. of Hsinchu, Taiwan, for allegedly violating the terms of a 1995 Commerce Department order denying its U.S. export privileges for five years, F. Amanda DeBusk, assistant secretary for Export Enforcement, announced. Realtek’s export privileges were also denied for one additional year.
The Department alleged that during 1996 Realtek ordered items to be exported from the United States, knowing that it was violating the terms of an order that denied all of its U.S. export privileges until August 3, 2000. Realtek agreed to pay the civil penalty to settle the allegations. As part of the settlement, the Department agreed to suspend the additional one-year period of denial, and thereafter waive it, provided that, during the period of suspension, Realtek does not violate the Export Administration Act or Regulations, or any order or license issued thereunder.
Commerce’s Bureau of Export Administration administers and enforces export 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.