The Export Practitioner is the only monthly magazine devoted exclusively to news and analysis of U.S. export controls and trade sanctions.

Since 1987, The Export Practitioner has provided readers with expert reports on changes to U.S. export licensing rules, enforcement policies and regulations for defense and dual-use products and technology.

October 2020

Feature

Courts Put Administration's TikTok, WeChat Bans on Hold
D.C. U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols granted TikTok a preliminary injunction from being banned from Google and Apple app stores. The week before, a federal judge in San Francisco barred the administration from blocking WeChat.
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Focus on Enforcement

Asphalt Firm Pays $16.6 Million to Settle Justice FCPA Charges
An asphalt company formerly based in Boca Raton, Fla., agreed to pay a $16.6 million criminal fine related to a scheme to bribe foreign officials...
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Calif. Tech Firm Pays for Finnish Subsidiary's Sanctions Violations
Keysight Technologies Inc. in Santa Rosa, Calif., agreed Sept. 24, 2020, to pay Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) a $473,157 civil...
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Deutsche Bank Settles OFAC Ukraine Violations
In what seems like a drop in the bucket compared to previous penalties, Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas (DBTCA) agreed Sept. 9, 2020, to pay...
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Executive Charged with Illegally Exporting Equipment to Pakistan
A Chicago business owner was indicted on charges of illegally exporting computer equipment to blocked entity Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission...
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Fla. Woman Pleads Guilty to Exporting Military Boats to China
Yang Yang of Jacksonville, Fla., pleaded guilty Sept. 15, 2020, in Jacksonville U.S. District Court to a conspiracy to export military-style...
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Four Indicted for Exporting Airplane Parts to Blocked Iranian Entity
Two Iranian citizens and two Indonesians were indicted Aug. 28, 2020, in Alexandria, Va., U.S. District Court on 19 charges related to exporting...
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Mexican Citizen Faces Indictment on FCPA Charges
A Mexican citizen, who is also a U.S. resident, faces charges for his role in a five-year scheme to pay and conceal $870,000 in bribes to...
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N.Y. Firm Settles More BIS Export Charges
Carl Zeiss SBE LLC of Thornwood, N.Y., agreed Sept. 3, 2020, to pay a $55,000 civil penalty to settle Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) charges...
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North Koreans, Malaysian Charged with Violating Sanctions
Three North Korean and Malaysian nationals were charged Sept. 11, 2020, in D.C. U.S. District Court with conspiracy to violate North Korean...
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Pa. Man Indicted for Exporting, Concealing Firearms to St. Lucia
Thomas Harris Jr., of Croydon, Pa., was indicted Sept. 22, 2020, in Philadelphia U.S. District Court on charges of exporting firearms to a buyer in...
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South Korean Sent to Prison for Exporting Technical Data
A U.S. citizen born in South Korea was sentenced to 21 months in prison and 36 months of supervised release for stealing U.S. Munitions List (USML)...
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Telecom Firm, Subsidiary Resolve OFAC Sudan Charges
A Melville, N.Y. telecommunications firm and its wholly owned subsidiary agreed Sept. 17, 2020, to pay Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control...
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Two Iranians Indicted on Computer Export Charges
Two Iranian men were indicted Sept. 25, 2020, in Santa Ana, Calif., U.S. District Court on charges of conspiracy to procure and illegally ship...
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UK Citizen Pleads Guilty to Turbine Engine Exports
A United Kingdom (UK) citizen pleaded guilty Aug. 31, 2020, in Pensacola, Fla., U.S. District Court to exporting a Solar Mars 90 S turbine core...
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Export Controls

BIS Implements More Wassenaar List Changes
In the Federal Register Sept. 11, 2020, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) implemented the rest of the changes made at the Wassenaar...
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Census Requests Comments on Puerto Rico Filing Requirement
While Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory and shipments do not require an export license, filing requirements set it apart from state-to-state...
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Court Dismisses FedEx Suit Against BIS Export Regulations
Nice try. A D.C. U.S. District Court judge Sept. 10, 2020, dismissed FedEx's suit against Commerce and the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS)...
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DDTC Export Change Stirs Pot Between Cyprus, Turkey
In a move that could inflame tensions with Turkey, State's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) waived the policy of denial on the export,...
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IBM Recommends Export Controls on Facial Recognition Software
Consider this an appetizer in the feasting menu. In a preview of other industry comments on items that could face new license requirements, IBM...
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Trade Sanctions

Agencies Warn Industry About North Korean Entities, Practices
In case it wasn't clear, U.S. industry stakeholders need to be informed and watchful of North Korea's ballistic missile procurement activities and...
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Iran Sanctions Snapback Falls on Partners' Deaf Ears
If a tree falls in a forest and no one hears it, does it make a sound? Undeterred by its allies' rejection, the administration Sept. 21, 2020,...
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U.S. Further Blocks Cuban Travel, Imports
Too late to stock up on cigars and rum. The administration Sept. 24, 2020, continued its restrictions on trade and travel to Cuba, citing the...
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Policy Briefs

Replacing Huawei Equipment Will Cost $1.8 Billion, FCC Says
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program of "Rip & Replace" telecom equipment of ZTE and Huawei in mostly rural America would cost...
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Treasury Finalizes Clarifying Changes to CFIUS Rules
After two years of proposals, comments and a pilot program, Treasury Sept. 15, 2020, finalized changes to Committee on Foreign Investment in the...
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End Notes

END NOTES
RUSSIA : OFAC Sept. 10, 2020, designated four Ukrainian and Russian individuals for "attempting to influence the U.S. electoral process." Andrii...
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