WASHINGTON -- The Commerce Department’sAssistant Secretary for Export Enforcement F. Amanda DeBusk announced today that Hanson Aggregates West, Inc. agreed to settle charges that the company, formerly known as Gifford-Hill & Company, committed two violations of the antiboycott provisions of the Export Administration Regulations. Hanson Aggregates West, Inc., a concrete pipe manufacturing company located in Dallas, Texas, agreed to pay a $3,000 civil penalty.
The Office of Antiboycott Compliance alleged that the company, in one transaction in 1996 involving a shipment to Kuwait, furnished information regarding its business relationships with or in Israel by certifying that the goods shipped were not of Israeli origin, did not contain any Israeli materials and were not being shipped from Israel. The company also failed to report to the Bureau its receipt of the request for the information it allegedly furnished.
Hanson Aggregates West, Inc. 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. Boycott requests are also required to be reported to the Department. 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.