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May 2015

Features

Case Study of a BIS Charging Letter
A case against a Turkish airline executive provides a lesson on the process of responding when Commerce enforcement officials knock on your proverbial door.
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Pressure Mounts for Ending Ban on Crude Oil Exports
The Iran nuclear deal, along with changes in U.S. oil production and lower oil prices, is adding fuel to efforts to end the U.S. ban on crude oil exports.
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Focus on Enforcement

Chinese Nationals Sent to Prison for Exporting Sensors to China Without Licenses
Two Chinese nationals, one in the U.S. on a student visa, were sentenced to prison for violating the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) in a scheme to...
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Dallas Business Owners Given Probation for Computer Exports to Iran
Two Dallas businessmen were sentenced April 3, 2015, in Dallas U.S. District Court to two years' probation and $75,000 forfeiture for making a...
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FLIR Systems Settles SEC Charges of Bribing Saudi Officials with Travel, Gifts
Oregon-based defense contractor and sensor maker FLIR Systems April 8, 2015, settled Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charges of treating...
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Florida Business Owner Sent to Prison for Violating Denial Order
A Florida businessman and his company were sentenced in West Palm Beach, Fla. U.S. District Court April 24, 2015, for violating export regulations...
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Former Ex-Im Loan Officer Pleads Guilty to Accepting More Than $78,000 in Bribes
The fight over reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank got even more heated April 22, 2015, when former bank loan officer Johnny Gutierrez...
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Multimillion-Dollar Network Indicted for Illegal Exports of Microelectronics to Iran
A federal indictment was unsealed April 16, 2015, in Houston U.S. District Court against four companies and five individuals, charging them with...
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N.C. Sales Firm Pays to Settle BIS Charges of Violating Antiboycott Rules
An industrial equipment company in Charlotte, N.C., agreed to pay the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) a fine to settle charges of violating...
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N.J. Defense Contractor Admits to Illegally Exporting Torpedo Blueprints to India
A N.J. business owner pleaded guilty April 1, 2015, to falsely representing in a bid for a Defense contract that her companies were U.S.-based...
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N.Y. Man Found Guilty of Exporting Navigation Items, Electronics to Iran
A federal jury convicted a naturalized U.S. citizen and former Iranian national in San Diego U.S. District Court of attempted export to Iran of...
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Philippine Citizen Charged with Illegal Exports of USML Firearms Parts
A Philippine national has been charged with directing the export of $200,000 worth of firearms parts to the Philippines without State licenses....
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Son of Blocked Entity Given Probation for Role in Export Scheme
Yueh-Hsun Tsai, of Glenview, Ill., also known as "Gary" Tsai, was sentenced to three years' probation April 24, 2015, in Chicago U.S. District...
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Turkish Airline Exec Agrees to 20-Year Denial Order for Exporting Blocked Aircraft
The chief executive officer of a now-bankrupt Turkish airline agreed March 23, 2015, to settle one Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) charge of...
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Turkish Entity Settles BIS Charge of Illegal Export of Valve Parts to Iran
A Turkish equipment manufacturer settled one Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) charge of aiding unauthorized exports to Iran via Turkey in...
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Two Egyptians Plead Guilty to Not Filing AES Export Information on USML Items
Two Egyptian citizens and their procurement firm pleaded guilty for the attempted shipment of U.S. Munitions List (USML) samples to a factory in...
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Inside BIS

Changes in Night Vision Controls Offer "Bright Line" But Few USML-CCL Moves
Proposed changes to U.S. Munitions List (USML) Category XII and Commerce Control List (CCL) Category 6 will offer industry a "bright line" between...
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Delayed Wassenaar Cybersecurity Rules Still Not Quite Ready
Whoa there, not so fast. A month ago, administration officials said they had resolved the disagreement that had delayed publication of new rules...
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Information Industry Challenged by Old, New Control Language
Presentations at a meeting of Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee (ISTAC) April 29, 2015, showed...
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Policy Briefs

DDTC Trims Licensing Divisions to Reflect Reduced Export Volume
For all those waiting for State's export licensing arm to downsize because of all the export licenses moving from its jurisdiction to Commerce, the...
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Executive Order Makes Cyber-Security Hacking Subject to IEEPA Sanctions
President Obama signed an executive order April 1, 2015, directing Treasury to impose sanctions on persons engaged in malicious cyber-enabled...
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Iranian Sanctions Will Stay in Place as Congress Reviews Nuclear Pact
The framework agreement the U.S., its five negotiating partners and European Union (EU) - the P5+1 -- announced April 2, 2015, with Iran will lead...
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Obama Seeks to Drop Cuba from Terrorism List as Lawmakers Propose Changes
The removal of Cuba from the list of terrorism-sponsoring countries, as President Obama said April 14, 2015, that he intends to do, will have...
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Tensions Rise as Deadline Nears for Expiration of Export-Import Bank Charter
With the current charter of the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) set to expire June 30, 2015, the battle between its supporters and critics has...
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U.S. to Investigate Claims That Potash Imports from Belarus Are Circumventing Sanctions
Under pressure from Congress, the Obama administration has agreed to investigate claims that Belarus is circumventing U.S. trade sanctions that...
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Exporting from Europe

A Contextual View of "The Basics"
By David Hayes* "Any fool can make a rule and any fool will mind it." -- Henry David Thoreau, Journal #14 Perhaps the most important...
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Regulatory Briefs

BIS Updates Regulations to Match Changes to Missile Technology Control Regime
The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has updated the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to reflect changes that the multilateral Missile...
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End Notes

END NOTES
SANCTIONS : OFAC April 6, 2015, announced new format for Consolidated Sanctions List Data Files, which "incorporates a variety of features that...
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Fitting Consolidated Screening List into
Export Compliance System


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