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April 2015

Features

Smooth Implementation of Export Control Reforms Seen in BIS Data
Skeptics who expected the Bureau of Industry and Security to be swamped by the influx of new license applications for items transferred from the U.S. Munitions List to the Commerce Control List will have to look elsewhere for problems.
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Focus on Enforcement

Commerzbank Agrees to Pay $263 Million to Settle Charges of Violating U.S. Sanctions
German-based Commerzbank AG and its New York branch agreed March 12, 2015, to forfeit $263 million and pay a $79 million fine under a three-year...
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Ex-Fugitive Sentenced to Prison for Exporting Machinery to North Korea
A former resident of Taiwan was sentenced March 16, 2015, to 24 months in prison in Chicago U.S. District Court for conspiracy to violate U.S....
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Lender Pays $3.8 Million Penalty for False Claims, Defrauding Ex-Im Bank
A Miami-based lender and financial services company agreed March 12, 2015, to pay $3.8 million to settle charges under the False Claims Act of...
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NYPD, Customs Officers Sentenced to Prison for Exporting Arms to Philippines
Two brothers, one who is a Manhattan police officer and a second who is a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer, were each sentenced to three...
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PayPal Fined $7.66 Million for Inadequately Screening Names in Iran, Cuba, Sudan
Electronic payment service firm PayPal agreed March 25, 2015, to pay $7.66 million to settle Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) charges that...
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San Francisco Company, Owner Indicted for Illegally Shipping Electronic Parts to Russia
An indictment was unsealed March 18, 2015, in San Francisco U.S. District Court against Pavel Semenovich Flider, a Russian national and naturalized...
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Schlumberger Unit Pleads Guilty, Pays $232.7 Million for Violating U.S. Sanctions
Schlumberger Oilfield Holdings Ltd. (SOHL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of oilfield services company Schlumberger Ltd., pleaded guilty March 25,...
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Inside BIS

Lack of Funds May Stymie PECSEA Recommendations for More Export Filing Data
The President's Export Council Subcommittee on Export Administration (PECSEA) called March 19, 2015, for changes to the Automated Commercial...
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Machine Tool Advisors Keep Pushing for Decontrol After Wassenaar Changes
Machine tool manufacturers hope a six-year effort to get their equipment decontrolled finally may gain traction now that the Wassenaar Arrangement...
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Satellite Firms Are Taking Conservative Approach to New Commerce Rules
While many manufacturers and operators of commercial satellites have embraced new rules that transferred control of their product to Commerce from...
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Some Defense Exporters Seem Confused about Rules for Items Move to CCL, DDTC Finds
While generally pleased with the progress of export control reform in the 17 months since the first licensing jurisdiction transfers were...
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Policy Briefs

Obama Executive Order Targets Corruption, Human Rights Abuse in Venezuela
The deteriorating relationship between the U.S. and Venezuela took another downward step March 9, 2015, with President Obama's issuance of an...
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OFAC Drops 45 Cuban SDNs But Claims Changes Just Delete Dead, Defunct Parties
Treasury officials claim the removal of 45 Cuba-related individuals, entities and vessels from its Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list March...
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Officials Quell Gun Industry Concerns about Possible Reversal of Export Reforms
Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) officials have quelled a short-lived crisis that arose when...
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U.S. Follows EU Lead with More Ukraine, Russian Sanctions
The U.S. made good on threats to increase sanctions on Ukrainian and Russian individuals and entities March 11, 2015, for their aid to separatist...
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Regulatory Briefs

Aircraft Engine Firms Seek Change to Missile Technology Control Regime Rules
Manufacturers of commercial aircraft engines are preparing to seek a change in Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) rules to ease restriction...
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BIS Removes Requirements for Support Documents Under Export Control Regulations
The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has listened to industry complaints about out-of-date recordkeeping requirements and removed many of them...
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BIS, DDTC Won't Consider Encrypted Data Placed in Cloud to Require License
The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) plan to propose harmonized rules that will exclude from...
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Delayed Wassenaar Cybersecurity Rules Will Be Published Soon
Commerce and State appear to have partly resolved a disagreement that has delayed publication of new rules the Wassenaar Arrangement adopted in...
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End Notes

END NOTES
VEU : In March 5, 2015, Federal Register BIS updated authorization for Validated End User (VEU) Samsung China Semiconductor Co. Ltd. in China....
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