Freight Forwarder Settles Charges of Aiding and Abetting Unlicensed Exports to a Listed Entity in Pakistan

On September 16, 2011, the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced that the freight forwarder Ram International Inc. (Ram) of St. Louis, MO, has agreed to pay a $40,000 civil penalty to settle allegations that it committed two violations of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). 

Specifically, BIS alleges that on two occasions in 2006, Ram's Elk Grove Village location in Illinois helped to export salvage scrap electrolytic tin plate steel to Allied Trading Company (Allied) in Karachi, Pakistan, without the required BIS licenses. Allied is included on the Commerce Department's Entity List which names certain foreign persons that are subject to license requirements for the export, reexport and/or transfer in-country of specified items.