Aramex Emirates, LLC, located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.), agreed to pay a $125,000 civil penalty to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s (DOC) Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) for the unlicensed export and reexport to Syria, via the U.A.E., of network devices and software without the required BIS licenses.

The Under Secretary of Commerce Eric L. Hirschhorn commented:

Today’s settlement shows the importance of compliance with U.S. law by foreign freight forwarders handling items subject to U.S. export controls.

The items in question could be used by the Syrian government to monitor Internet activity and block pro-democracy websites as part of its brutal crackdown against the Syrian people.

In BIS’s statement, BIS alleged that in December 2010, and again in February 2011, Aramex facilitated the unlicensed export or reexport of network devices and software to Syria, via the U.A.E., without the required BIS licenses. The network devices and software are used to monitor and control web traffic. Aramex Emirates agreed to receive the two shipments from another freight forwarder in the U.A.E. and, following receipt of the items, forwarded them from the U.A.E to Syria.

Aramex’s cargo system team in the U.A.E., including employees involved in the transactions, were specifically advised of U.S. sanctions against Syria and instructed not to move U.S. products to Syria in an October 20, 2009, company-wide circular entitled “Exporting US-made Products to Countries under the U.S.A. Trade Ban.” Aramex fully cooperated with investigators and as a result received a reduced penalty.

Today’s announcement is related to an April 24, 2013, enforcement action where Computerlinks FZCO, of Dubai, U.A.E., agreed to pay a $2.8 million civil penalty to BIS and conduct external audits covering a three-year period to settle charges that it committed three evasion violations of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) for some of the same transactions.

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