Cabela’s pays $680,000 fine for alleged U.S. export violations
The U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security announced Nov. 7 that Cabela’s, an outdoor equipment outfitter based in Sydney, Neb., agreed to pay a $680,000 civil penalty to settle allegations that it committed 152 violations of the Export Administration Regulations involving exports of controlled optical sighting devices to various countries.
The allegations involved 76 exports of optical sighting devices for firearms in 2004 and 2005 to Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Finland, Ireland, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Africa, Sweden and Taiwan.
BIS said these devices are controlled on the Commerce Control List for crime control and firearms convention reasons and require an export license to the destinations at issue.
In addition, BIS alleged that Cabela’s failed to file the required Shipper’s Export Declaration for each of the 76 exports.
Cabela’s settled similar allegations made by BIS in 2005 that on 685 occasions between April 1999 and September 2000 it made unlicensed exports of optical sighting devices to a number of countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile and Mexico.