Tuesday, September 14, 2010

U.S. Official Highlights “Harder Line” on Export Enforcement

(World Trade Interactive)

David Mills, assistant secretary of commerce for export enforcement, told the Bureau of Industry and Security’s annual Update conference last week that BIS is moving to further increase its export enforcement efforts. Mills said that BIS will continue to encourage voluntary self-disclosures and minimize penalties in VSD cases where appropriate and that if a company has a good internal compliance program in place before a violation and the violation was inadvertent these will be considered significant mitigating factors. However, Mills added, “we will also be taking a harder line in other circumstances involving willful misconduct.” Read more here.