The US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (‘BIS’) has reached a $27m civil settlement with Access USA Shipping (‘Access USA’), a Florida-based mail and package forwarding company. Access USA provided foreign customers with a US physical address and designated space at its warehouse facilities for items purchased from US merchants that were intended for export. Items included rifle scopes, night vision lenses and weapons parts, which were exported contrary to the Export Administration Regulations (‘EAR’).
Access USA settled 129 counts of evasion, 17 counts of exporting or attempting to export crime control items without the required licence, and four counts of exporting or attempting to export to a sanctioned entity on the BIS Entity List without a licence. Of the $27m penalty, $17m was suspended for a two-year probationary period.
‘BIS imposed a substantial penalty in this case after Access USA’s efforts to circumvent U.S. export regulations,’ said Robert Luzzi, special agent in charge of the Office of Export Enforcement’s Miami Field Office. ‘We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to identify, deter, and prevent any suspected violations.’
BIS’s press release can be found here: