The Bureau of Industry and Security website posted an article on May 1st announcing that B.J. Services Company, headquartered in Houston, Texas that provides specialty services to the oil and gas industries has agreed to pay an $800,000 civil penalty to settle allegations that it exported butterfly and check valves in violation of the Export Administration Regulations.
The article cites allegations of 72 unlicensed exports of items to a variety of countries for parts controlled under ECCN 2B350 for reasons of chemical and biological weapons proliferation, occurring between 2003 and 2007.
Comments from a Commerce Department representative suggest that lack of an effective compliance program was possibly a factor. B.J. Services disclosed the violations and cooperated fully with the investigation according to the website.
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