US company fined for exporting chemical weapon components to Israel and Saudi Arabia
A US-based company has agreed to pay a $171,500 civil penalty for violating export administration regulations by selling unlicensed centrifugal pumps to Israel, Saudi Arabia China and Taiwan, reported the US Department of Commerce.
According to the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), the Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation exported or re-exported centrifugal pumps to various end-users without obtaining the required export licenses. Sundstrand is a manufacturer of centrifugal pumps used for general, industrial, and chemical process application. These pumps are controlled for chemical and biological weapons reasons, as well as for anti-terrorism reasons.
BIS also alleged that Sundstrand made false statements on Shipper's Export Declarations (SEDs), stating that no export license was required, when in fact a license was required. Additionally, BIS alleged that Sundstrand failed to file SEDs as required, and failed to provide certain required information on those SEDs that Sundstrand did file. Sundstrand voluntarily disclosed these violations to BIS and cooperated throughout the investigation.
Hamilton Sundstrand, a subsidiary of the United Technologies Corporation, is a developer of aerospace and industrial products. Headquartered in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, US, the company designs and manufactures aerospace systems for commercial, regional, corporate and military aircraft. Industrial products serve industries ranging from hydrocarbon, chemical and food processing to construction and mining. — (menareport.com)
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