The Export Practitioner
Volume 35, Number 10

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

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TTC Covers Waterfront, Export Controls, Semiconductors

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At its inaugural collaboration in Pittsburgh, participants in the U.S.-European Union (EU) Trade and Technology Council (TTC) specifically addressed investment screening regimes, export controls, global semiconductor supply chains and trade barriers.
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Ad Firm Pays $19 Million to Settle Bribery Charges

International advertising firm WPP plc agreed Sept. 24, 2021, to pay the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) more than $19 million to settle charges that it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) related to a bribery scheme at a WPP majority-owned subsidiary in India. Other...

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Chinese National Sent to Prison for Illegal Marine Exports

A Chinese national residing in Wellesley, Mass., was sentenced Sept. 8, 2021, in Boston U.S. District Court to two years in prison and two years' supervised release for conspiring to illegally export U.S.-origin goods, including 78 hydrophones (devices used to detect and monitor sound...

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Florida Residents Charged in Iran Export Scheme

Three Florida residents were charged Sept. 14, 2021, in Miami U.S. District Court with violating Iran sanctions and money laundering. Former college professor Mohammad Faghihi, his wife Farzeneh Modarresi, and his sister Faezeh Faghihi operated Florida diagnostic lab Express Gene. The...

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Former Ericsson Employee Indicted on Foreign Bribery

An indictment against a former Ericsson employee was unsealed Sept. 8, 2021, in Manhattan U.S. District Court on charges of conspiring to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and money laundering in a scheme to pay $2.1 million in bribes to government officials in Djibouti to win a...

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Georgia Man Gets Probation for Pistol Export Scheme

Shunquez Stephens of Flowery Branch, Ga., was sentenced Sept. 30, 2021, in Atlanta U.S. District Court to three years' probation for his role in a scheme to export at least 30 firearms to Barbados from February through November 2019. He pleaded guilty in June. Rashad Sargeant of College Park,...

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Iranian Citizen Sentenced on Military Export Charges

An Iranian citizen and resident of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was sentenced Sept. 14, 2021, in San Antonio U.S. District Court to 63 months in prison followed by three years' supervised release for his role in a four-year scheme to obtain dual-use and military parts for Iran without a license...

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Medtronic Affiliate Settles BIS Antiboycott Charges

A Lebanese affiliate of U.S.-based medical device firm Medtronic agreed Sept. 28, 2021, to pay a $13,750 civil penalty to settle 11 Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) charges of violating antiboycott regulations. Medtronic Mediterranean SA (Lebanon) allegedly failed to report the receipt...

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Russian Sent to Prison for Arctic Export Conspiracy

A Russian national was sentenced Sept. 22, 2021, in Savannah, Ga., U.S. District Court to 28 months in prison for conspiracy in a scheme to procure a Vectra 40G power turbine from a U.S. manufacturer and ship the Vectra to a blocked Russian company that intended to use the turbine on an Arctic...

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San Antonio Firm Settles OFAC Sanctions Charges

A San Antonio software development firm agreed Sept. 9, 2021, to pay Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) a $189,483 civil penalty to settle 52 charges of violating Iran sanctions. From December 2013 through May 2018, NewTek exported 49 products to "two third-country distributors...

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Schlumberger Subsidiaries Settle OFAC Sanction Charges

Two subsidiaries of oilfield services company Schlumberger agreed Sept. 27, 2021, to settle Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) charges of violating U.S. sanctions. Cameron International Corporation, a Houston-based supplier of goods and services for the oil and gas industries,...

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Texas Firm Settles BIS Export Charges

Vorago Technologies of Austin, Texas, agreed Sept. 28, 2021, to pay the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) a $497,000 civil penalty to settle charges of conspiring to send radiation-hardened 16Mb SRAM silicon wafers to Russia via a Bulgarian front company without the required BIS export...

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U.S. Citizen Pleads Guilty to Violating North Korea Sanctions

Virgil Griffith, a U.S. citizen living in Singapore, pleaded guilty Sept. 27, 2021, in Manhattan U.S. District Court to charges of traveling to North Korea in April 2019 to deliver a presentation and technical advice on using cryptocurrency and blockchain technology to evade U.S. sanctions....

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Agency Clarifies Classification of Certain Integrated Circuits

In quiet times, one can ponder the wonders of the universe or just sit in deep meditation. In Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) published Sept. 17, 2021, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) clarified the classification of integrated circuits (ICs) used in U.S. government programs or by...

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BIS Nominees Commit to Cooperating with Congress

In their hour in the spotlight during a Senate Banking Committee hearing Sept. 21, 2021, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) nominees Alan Estevez and Thea Kendler answered questions on numerous hot-button issues: China, emerging technologies, Xinjiang and firearms transferred from State...

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BIS Official Defends Multilateral Approach to Export Controls

Testifying at U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) hearing Sept. 8, 2021, acting Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) Under Secretary Jeremy Pelter defended his agency's pursuit of multilateral export controls, but stopped short of giving a specific timeline of when to...

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Lawmakers Applaud Sanctions over Ethiopian Human Rights

After more than 10 months of conflict in Ethiopia, the Biden administration Sept. 17, 2021, imposed open-ended sanctions on persons involved with the humanitarian and human rights crisis in the country. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle welcomed the sanctions, saying it's about time. The...

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"Exporter" - How Difficult Can It Be?

By David Hayes * "The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place." -- George Bernard Shaw Post-Brexit the export licensing impact has, give or take a period or comma, been largely what practitioners expected when the referendum result was...

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BIS Requests Comments on Semiconductor Supply Chains

Exporters, get your pens ready. It's all anyone is talking about: the semiconductor shortage and the long wait for washing machines, cars and other consumer goods. Industry will have a chance to defend itself as the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) Sept. 24, 2021, requested comments on how...

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Ex-Im Bank Hearing Reveals Party Divisions

At their Senate Banking Committee confirmation hearing Sept. 30, 2021, Judith Pryor, nominee to be Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank first VP, and Owen Herrnstadt, a nominee for the Ex-Im board, had to defend the bank's policies. Both nominees explained statutory constraints on lending, the...

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Huawei CFO Clicks Heels Three Times, Returns to China

After almost three years of negotiations and name-calling, Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou and Justice Sept. 24, 2021, agreed to a four-year Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) that allowed Meng to return to China. In Brooklyn U.S. District Court the same day, Meng pleaded guilty to four charges of...

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International Space Security Will Rely on Private Sector

The private sector will play a central role in building out international space security during rapid development of outer space, speakers suggested during a United Nations (UN) Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) conference in Geneva Sept. 28-29, 2021, in the run-up to high-level...

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NDAA Amendments Target Firearms Exports, Sanctions

The House version of the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) will include a wide range of amendments that could affect export controls and sanctions policy. Whether they survive a Senate vote and potential conference committee remains to be seen. One contentious amendment, sponsored...

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END NOTES

CYPRUS : In Federal Register Sept. 30, State's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) extended waiver of policy of denial on export, reexport, retransfer and temporary import of non-lethal defense articles and defense services destined for or originating in Cyprus for one year. Policy runs...

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