Exporter Agrees to $610,000 Penalty for EAR Violations

On August 13, 2009, the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced that FMC Technologies, Inc. has agreed to pay a $610,000 civil penalty to settle allegations that between 2003 and 2007 it exported oil and gas industry service parts in violation of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). 

The allegations against the Houston, Texas provider of specialty oil and gas products and services involved 78 unlicensed exports of butterfly and check valves classified under the ECCN 2B350 and controlled for reasons of chemical and biological weapons proliferation. 

The company voluntarily disclosed the violations and cooperated with the investigation.