WASHINGTON -- Fritz Companies, Inc. agreed to pay a $12,000 civil penalty to settle charges that its Houston, Texas office, Fritz Air Freight, Inc., committed six violations of the antiboycott provisions of the Export Administration Regulations, the Commerce Department's Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement, F. Amanda DeBusk, announced today. Fritz Companies, Inc. is a freight forwarding company with headquarters in San Francisco.
The Department's Office of Antiboycott Compliance alleged that the Houston, Texas based freight forwarder, in six transactions involving shipments to Qatar in 1995, furnished information regarding another person's business relationships with or in a boycotted country by certifying that the goods shipped were not of Israeli origin, were not shipped from Israel and did not contain any material from Israel.
The company voluntarily disclosed the alleged violations to the Department. While neither admitting nor denying the allegations, the company agreed to pay the civil penalty.
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. boycott. 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.