WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Export Administration today imposed a $25,000 civil penalty on Starlite Technical Service, Inc. of Chicago, Illinois, in connection with the unauthorized exports of U.S.-origin chemicals to Lebanon and Colombia, Commerce Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement F. Amanda DeBusk announced.
The Department alleged that Starlite Technical Service, Inc. was responsible for exporting the chemicals without the required Commerce Department licenses on five separate occasions between January 1994 and December 1996. The company neither admitted nor denied the charges, but agreed to pay the penalty.
The Department controls certain U.S.-origin chemicals for export to implement a multilateral agreement with the 30-nation Australia Group of chemical producers because, in addition to their legitimate commercial uses, these chemicals have the potential to serve as precursors in chemical weapons.
Special agents from the Bureau of Export Administration’s Chicago Field Office investigated the case.
The Department of Commerce, through its 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.