| The U.S. Department of Commerce
today announced that Input/Output Exploration Products (UK), Inc., a foreign
subsidiary of a Texas-based U.S. manufacturer of seismic imaging technology,
has agreed to pay a $24,500 civil penalty to settle charges that it in1999
violated the antiboycott provisions of the Export Administration Regulations
The Commerce Departments Bureau of
Industry and Security (BIS) charged that in 1999 Input/Output Exploration
Products (UK), Inc., violated the EAR when it provided answers to questions
from a customer about its business with or in Israel and the business
relationships of its parent company with or in Israel. BIS also charged that in
1999 Input/Output Exploration Products (UK), Inc. unlawfully agreed to refuse
to do business with companies on lists maintained by Arab League countries that
boycott Israel, and failed to report its receipt of boycott requests received
in three transactions. The charges involved transactions with Syria, which the
company voluntarily self-disclosed to BIS.
antiboycott provisions of the EAR prohibit U.S. persons from complying with
certain requirements of unsanctioned foreign boycotts, including providing
information about business relationships with Israel and refusing to do
business with persons on boycott lists. In addition, the EAR requires that
persons report their receipt of certain boycott requests to the Department of
Commerce. Under the antiboycott provisions of the EAR, a controlled-in-fact
foreign subsidiary of a domestic U.S. company is considered a U.S. person.
Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement Julie L.
Myers commended Compliance Officer Perry Province of BISs Office of
Antiboycott Compliance for his work on this case.