On March 15, 2011, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) reported that TW Metals, Inc. of Exton, PA, has agreed to pay a $575,000 civil penalty to settle allegations that it violated the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) by exporting on numerous occasions titanium alloy and aluminum bar to China and Israel without the required export licenses.
Specifically, BIS alleged that from April 2004 to August 2007, TW Metals made 48 exports of titanium alloy to China through Canada without the required Department of Commerce licenses. Titanium alloy is controlled for reasons of nonproliferation. In addition, TW Metals violated the EAR in 2007 by exporting aluminum bar, also controlled for reasons of nuclear nonproliferation, from the U.S. to Israel via Canada without the required Department of Commerce license.
TW Metals voluntarily disclosed the violations and cooperated fully with the investigation.