Archive for the ‘Export License’ Category

DDTC Posts Schedule for Uploading Licensing Submissions and Posting Licenses

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 by Danielle McClellan

(Source: State/DDTC)

Effective September 6, 2016, The Department of State will only be uploading licensing submissions (i.e., DSP -5, -6, -61, -62, -73, -74, and Batch Scheams) and posting licenses (Approved, Approved with Provisos, RWA’ed, and Denied) at 06:30 AM and again at 5:30 PM.

DDTC Posts Revision 4.4a of the Agreement Guidelines

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 by Danielle McClellan

(Source: State/DDTC)

Revision 4.4a of the Agreement Guidelines has been posted and replaces Revision 4.4.

Revision 4.4a corrects an inadvertent omission on page 152. Both Revision 4.4a and a preamble with a summary of changes can be found here. Revision 4.4a is effective September 1, 2016.

Pakistani National Extradited and Sentenced to 33 Months in Prison for Conspiracy to Export Gyroscopes to Pakistan

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 by Danielle McClellan

By: Danielle McClellan

Syed Vaqar Ashraf (71) of Lahore, Pakistan (also known as Vaqar A. Jaffrey) was sentenced to 33 months in prison after being extradited from Belgium on July 31, 2015. According to court documents, in June 2012 Ashraf began asking a Tucson-based company, who shall remain nameless, for price quotes for unmanned aerial vehicles (drones). The company specializes in the design, development, and manufacturing of drones for the US military. The company immediately tipped off Homeland Security Investigations (HIS) agents about Ashraf’s requests.  HSI quickly assigned special agents to work undercover as employees of the Tucson-based company and they began dialoging with Ashraf directly.

From June 2012 to August 2014, Ashraf negotiated with special agents. He represented himself as the head of I&E International, based in Lahore, Pakistan.  Most of the correspondence was done via email where he agreed to purchase 18 gyroscopes that were intended to help medium-sized drones fly longer distances as well as 10 optical receiver modules and laser diodes intended to be installed in the aircraft for approximately $440,000.

In September 2013, HSI agents met with Ashraf in Vienna, Austria to work out details regarding the sale. Ashraf explained during the meeting that Pakistan’s nuclear program had been developed using technology exported from the west without a license. This led the agents to believe that Ashraf was working for Pakistan’s Advanced Engineering Research Organization and the intended use for the electronics was for the Pakistani military UAV program.

From January to March 2014 Ashraf asked agents for suggestions to get around the US export controls after agents requested a license from the Commerce Department and were told that the items would require a special license because the optical receive modules could be used in “activities related to nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons or missile delivery systems.” Ashraf asked if there were any alternative descriptions that would appear to cover the items on documents, but would clear arms control hurdles from State and Commerce departments.  Secret agents offered Ashraf with a few different descriptions and asked him if the customer was aware that transaction was “being done without a license.” Ashraf told the agents that they (customer) were “absolutely aware of everything.” Later in an email, Ashraf wrote, “He (customer) is well aware that he cannot get these gyros in a normal way; he’s well aware of that.” The ultimate plan was to transship all of the items; they would be shipped to Pakistan through Belgium.

HIS agents met with Ashraf three more times in face-to-face meetings, including one in the US where they agreed on a series of wire transfers, including one for $67,000. On August 26, 2014 agents set up a final meeting with Ashraf in Belgium to deliver some of the technology. Before the meeting began Belgian police showed up and arrested Ashraf. A little less than a year later Ashraf was extradited to the US to face trial on charges of conspiracy to export defense controlled items without a license which he later pled guilty to.

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Company Fined $4 Million for Exporting Seeds to Iran

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 by Danielle McClellan

By: Danielle McClellan

PanAmerican Seed Company (PanAm) of West Chicago, Illinois, a division of Ball Horticultural Company has agreed to pay $4,320,000 to settle potential civil liability for alleged violations of the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations (31 C.F.R. part 560 ITSR). Its alleged that the company exported seeds, primarily of flowers, to two Iranian distributors on 48 different occasions between May 2009 and March 2012.

PanAm and Ball Horticultural employees (including several mid-level managers) were aware of the US economic sanctions involving Iran and the requirement to apply for licenses to export the seeds to Iran. PanAm concealed the shipments by shipping the seeds to consignees based in two third countries located in Europe or the Middle East, and then the Iranian customers arranged for the re-exportation of the seeds to Iran.

The maximum penalty for the violations would be $12 million, OFAC considered the following when applying the $4 million penalty:

OFAC considered the following to be aggravating factors:

  1. PanAm Seed willfully violated U.S. sanctions on Iran by engaging in, and systematically obfuscating, conduct it knew to be prohibited;
  2. PanAm Seed demonstrated recklessness with respect to U.S. sanctions requirements by ignoring its OFAC compliance responsibilities, despite substantial international sales and warnings that OFAC sanctions could be implicated;
  3. Multiple PanAm Seed and Ball Horticultural employees, including mid-level managers, had contemporaneous knowledge of the transactions giving rise to the Alleged Violations. They were aware that the seeds were intended for reexportation to Iran, and PanAm Seed continued sales to its Iranian distributors for nearly eight months after its Director of Finance learned of OFAC’s investigation;
  4. PanAm Seed engaged in this pattern of conduct over a period of years, providing over $770,000 in economic benefit to Iran;
  5. PanAm Seed did not initially cooperate with OFAC’s investigation, providing some information that was inaccurate, misleading, or incomplete; and
  6. PanAm Seed is a division of Ball Horticultural, a commercially sophisticated, international corporation.

OFAC considered the following to be mitigating factors:

  1. PanAm Seed has not received a Penalty Notice or Finding of Violation from OFAC in the five years preceding the earliest date of the transactions giving rise to the Alleged Violations, making it eligible for “first offense” mitigation of up to 25 percent;
  2. The exports at issue were likely eligible for an OFAC license under the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000;
  3. PanAm Seed took remedial steps to ensure future compliance with OFAC sanctions, including stopping all exports to Iran, implementing a compliance program, and training gat least some of its employees on OFAC sanctions; and
  4. PanAm Seed cooperated with OFAC by agreeing to toll the statute of limitations for a total of 882 days.

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Middle Man in Illegal Exports Debarred for 8 Years

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 by Danielle McClellan

By: Danielle McClellan

Walter Anders and his company Terand, Inc. (he was the sole employee) of Huntersville, NC has been debarred for 8 years for his connection in exporting carbon fiber to Singapore. Anders and his company were used as a middle man to send illegal exports from a company in Middlewtown, NY to a company in Singapore in exchange for multiple $1,400 kick backs.

In 2012, Performance Engineered Nonwovens, of Middletown, NY, was contacted by BIS and told that their license to export T300 carbon fiber (ECCN 1C210.a) to Singapore was revoked due to the concerns surrounding the recipient. Performance Engineered Nonwovens then sought out to find a way to conceal the shipments to Singapore, cue Walter Anders and Terand.  Within a few weeks Anders and the president of Performance Engineered Nonwovens, Peter Gromacki, agreed to have Terand falsely act as the US exporter of record for exports of the items to Singapore in return for a $1,400 commission for each successful export.

Terand created and issued commercial invoices on letterhead that falsely named Terand as the exporter and falsely stated that, “This commodity technology exported from the United States is in accordance with the Export administration Regulations.” The company also acted as the intermediary between Performance Engineered Nonwovens and the freight forwarder, providing instructions to the forwarder, signing any and all required shipping documents, and receiving status reports on the progress of exports to Singapore. Terand also appeared as the US Principal Party in Interest (USPPI) on all of the Shipper’s Export Declarations (SED) that were filed.

Over the course of 2012 Terand made 8 exports of T300 carbon fiber to Singapore (approximately 6,557kg). Gromacki (Performance Engineered Nonwovens president) ensured that this process would continue and told Walter Anders that, “You continue to play a crucial role. I cannot export without your help and hence the commission checks will continue to flow in your direction.”

Walter Anders and his company, Terand, have been charged with 8 counts of Causing, Aiding, and/or Abetting Unlicensed Exports. The 8 illegal exports were valued at $288,736, Anders received $11,200 in commissions and 8 years of debarment.

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DDTC Agreements Guidelines Updated

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 by Danielle McClellan

On August 11, 2016, the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) announced its newest revision to the Guidelines for Preparing Agreements, which will become effective September 1, 2016. The changes will bring the Agreement Guidelines in line with certain revisions to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) that will also take effect on September 1, 2016.
Highlights of the changes:

  • Various sections of the Agreement Guidelines have been updated to reflect the new definitions for the terms “export,” “reexport” and “retransfer” that will go into effect on September 1.
  • Revision of Section 3.5: Dual/Third Country National (DN/TCN) to remove § 124.16 from Option 2, add references to § 126.18(d) in Option 1, redact the term “retransfer” from the guidance and required statements, remove country of birth as a consideration when vetting DN/TCNs via Option 2, update the required agreement statements for DN/TCN requests pursuant to § 124.8(5), and remove the optional agreement statement for § 126.1 non-(a) TCN requests.
  • The required statements throughout the Agreement Guidelines are updated, including the statement on sublicensing to U.S. Persons, the required statements for DN/TCN requests pursuant to § 124.8(5), and the § 124.8(5) verbatim clause.
  • Templates in Appendix A are updated to remove the § 124.12(a)(10) statement from the transmittal letter, remove the § 124.16 statement from the agreement, and update the required statements mentioned above.

Note:  Applicants are not required to submit an amendment for the sole purpose of updating these statements or removing the § 124.16 statement.  However, the statements must be updated at the next major amendment.  All agreement/amendment applications submitted after September 1, 2016, must include the new required statements, if applicable.  If an old statement is used, a proviso will be added instructing the applicant to change it prior to execution.  Applicants may begin using the new statements prior to September 1.

The templates in Appendix A have been updated to: – Remove the § 124.12(a)(10) statement from the transmittal letter – Remove the § 124.16 statement from the agreement – Update the mandatory statements listed above.

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BIS Extends Temporary General License for ZTE Entities

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 by Danielle McClellan

On March 24, 2016, a final rule was published that created a temporary general license that allowed, for a short time period, two entities (ZTE Corporation and ZTE Kangxun) that had been added to the Entity List on March 8, 2016, to be able to take part in exports, reexports, and transfers (in- country).

BIS has decided to extend the temporary general license until November 28, 2016. Due to this extension, the final rule will remove the date of August 30, 2016 and substitute the newest expiration date of November 28, 2016. No other changes have been made to the license.

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Screen Your Parties’ Addresses & Screen Before Shipments: Experienced and Sophisticated Company Fined $90,000 for One Export of EAR99 Item

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 by Danielle McClellan

By: Danielle McClellan

Spectrolab is an experienced and sophisticated exporter, according to BIS’s Order related to the illegal export of a Large Area Pulsed Solar Simulator (EAR99).  You may be thinking, EAR99 items don’t need a license so how is there an illegal export, but as the title states…screening is important and will find violations that otherwise are not obvious to the naked eye.

In this case, Spectrolab sold and transferred a Large Area Pulsed Solar Simulator to a party on the Entity List in Pakistan. SUPARCO (Pakistan’s Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission) was added to the list in 1999 after it was found that they were involved in nuclear or missile activities. SUPARCO used a procurement agent to obtain the simulator from Spectrolab in 2014. Initially the agent said the item was for Pakistan’s Institute of Space Technology (IST) but soon after Spectrolab was made aware that SUPARCO was involved in the transaction. The procurement agent provided Spectrolab with the names and every party involved in the transaction except SUPARCO. Spectrolab screened the names, but not the addresses that they received from the agent which would have alerted them that SUPARCO was on the Entity List as their address was listed as IST.

Spectrolab even hosted an inspection and training session on installation and operation with an engineer from SUPARCO. The engineer even attended the training wearing a SUPARCO badge. As a result, Spectrolab was fully aware that SUPARCO was the end user of the simulator before they ever exported it. Spectrolab failed to run or re-run its screening software to screen either the SUPARCO name or address in connection with the final shipment, a direct contradiction of their own export compliance plan.

There were a few things that went wrong in this case for Spectrolab:

  1. They didn’t screen the companies address; if this was initially done the entire process would have stopped before it even started. BIS noted in the Order that Spectrolab used an export control screening software.
  2. No one raised the question of why the engineer worked for SUPARCO instead of IST or why the end user was SUPARCO instead of IST. This is really where the break down occurred
  3. They didn’t re-run their screening software before shipping the item to Pakistan

The biggest take away from this case is to screen everything about your customers, and that the government expects you to catch on to oddities related to your shipments. In this case, the company name changing, it’s not surprising that no one knew that SUPARCO was on the Entity List, there’s thousands on that list. The issue is that there was a red flag with SUPARCO coming into the transaction but not being listed on the documents. Entities who are on the denial list will be sneaky, and BIS expects you to catch that…that just didn’t happen in this case.


Entrapment or Conspiracy? Either Way…Woman Sentenced to Over 4 Years in Prison for Conspiracy to Export to China

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 by Danielle McClellan

By: Danielle McClellan

Wenxia Man, aka Wency Man, 45 of San Diego, was sentenced this month to 50 months in prison for conspiring to violate the Arms Export Control act by trying to export and cause the export of fighter jet engines, an unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) and related technical data to the People’s Republic of China.

Wency Man ran a family business with her husband that produced small electronic components used in cell phones and some radio devices. Around March 2011 she began trying to find jet fighter industry sources to help her find out what it would take to export a fighter jet to China. One of her “jet fighter industry source” contacts alerted federal authorities to Man and an undercover investigation was launched. Eventually Man began communicating with an undercover agent who said he worked for a fictitious company in Broward County; he told Man he could get her the following items on her list:

  • Pratt & Whitney F135-PW-100 engines used in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter;
  • Pratt & Whitney F119-PW-100 turbofan engines used in the F-22 Raptor fighter jet;
  • General Electric F110-GE-132 engines designed for the F-16 fighter jet;
  • General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper/Predator B Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, capable of firing Hellfire Missiles; and
  • Technical data for each of these defense articles

Wency was trying to get all of the listed items sent to Xinsheng Zhang in China. Zhang works for the China military and the items would have been used by the government of China. Man explained to the undercover agent that Zhang was a “technology spy” and wanted stealth technology. The drone that he wanted was $50 million, and that didn’t include any of the fighter jets.

On June 9, 2016, Man was convicted of one count of conspiring to export and cause the export of defense articles without the required license, although it should be noted that this export would never have been approved by the US government. Man’s lawyer attempted to have the jury verdict thrown out based on the fact that, “It was our position that there was no conspiracy and that she was entrapped,” Alex Strassman (Man’s lawyer) said. “It was pretty clear what would have happened if the government would have left her alone. Nothing more would have happened.”

Fast forward a few months and Wency has been sentenced to 50 months in prison which proves that conspiring can be just as bad as following thru…even if there was almost zero percent chance of your plan actually becoming a reality.

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Editor’s Note:  This story reminded me of the great song by Emerson, Lake and Palmer.  –JB

Wency Man

She had ITAR drones
And tech data by the score
All advanced technology
For export out the door

Ooooh, what a Wency Man she was
Ooooh, what a Wency Man she was


Hot section and stealth
They made up her bed
A technology spy
By which she was led

Ooooh, what a Wency Man she was

Ooooh, what a Wency Man she was


She procured technology
For her country and Peking
Of her honor and her glory
The people would sing

Ooooh, what a Wency Man she was

Ooooh, what a Wency Man she was

A conviction found her
“You’re guilty” the judge cried
No lawyer could save her
But she didn’t get fried
Ooooh, what a Wency Man she was
Ooooh, what a Wency Man she was

China Telecomm Giant ZTE Gets Another Temporary Reprieve from US Export Denial List

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 by Danielle McClellan

By: John Black

The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced that it is extending the temporary general license for ZTE to effectively suspend ZTE’s denial list status until August 30, 2016.  BIS originally put ZTE on its Entity List on March 8, 2016, based on BIS’ allegations that ZTE, including its senior management, established a complex network as part of its efforts to illegally transfer US technology to Iran and other prohibited destinations.  The original denial prohibited all transfers from anywhere in the world of US origin items to ZTE as well as exports from outside the United States of non-US origin items with more than 25% US controlled content and certain foreign items produced directly from using US technology.  The original listing was clearly the biggest EAR penalty ever imposed in my 32 years in this field.

As previously reported in this newsletter, on March 24, 2016 BIS announced a general license that effectively temporarily suspended until June 30, 2016, the denial  against:

  • Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment (ZTE) Corporation (also referred to as ZTEC)
  • ZTE Kangxun Telecommunications Ltd.

Now BIS has extended that general license for these two entities through August 31, 2016.  It is easy to infer from this that ZTE must have originally refused to cooperate with BIS regarding the diversions to prohibited destinations, but after being placed on the Entity List ZTE rounded up a hoard of Washingotn lawyers and came crawling on its knees to BIS promising to cooperate and take decisive remedial actions.  The extension indicates that ZTE is continuing to cooperate with BIS, at least as much as is necessary to get the suspension of its denial extended until the end of August.

These two ZTE entities remain on the EAR Entity List:

  • Beijing 8 Star International Co.
  • ZTE Parsian

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