Illinois shipper pays $126,000 fine for export violations
The U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security said Tuesday that Ingersoll Machine Tools (IMT) of Rockford, Ill., has agreed to pay a $126,000 civil penalty to settle allegations that it committed eight unlicensed deemed exports to Italian and Indian foreign nationals in violation of the Export Administration Regulations.
'Companies that employ foreign nationals must be mindful of the need to comply with the Export Administration Regulations as they relate to the release of technology or source code to foreign nationals,' warned Darryl W. Jackson, the Commerce Department’s assistant secretary for export enforcement, in a statement.
'An effective compliance program will prohibit companies from releasing controlled technology to foreign visitors or employees without first having obtained authorization from the Bureau of Industry and Security,' he said.
The department said the allegations involved deemed exports of production and development technology for vertical fiber placement machines and production technology for five axis milling machines to Indian and Italian nationals between November 2003 and January 2007. The technology was controlled to India and Italy for national security and missile technology reasons. In addition, the technology was also controlled to India for nuclear non-proliferation reasons, the department said.