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An $US 80,000 Invoice for a 5-Minute Shortcut

Yes, the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security may have been shut down from December 20th 2018 until it re-opened this past Monday, but that did not stop Export Enforcement from levying an $US 80,000 charging letter and invoice to Ithaca, New York based Multiwire Laboratories, Ltd. for its failure to take five minutes out of its business day back in February 2014 and August 2015 when on two occasions it exported two Real Time Back Reflection Laue Cameras valued at $177,156 to the University of Electronic Science and Technology (“USETC”) of China based in Chengdu. Problem was, Multiwire had no export compliance screening (a five-minute routine […]


U.S. Government Shutdown/Impact on Licensing

A note to our clients: Unfortunately, due to the U.S. government partial shutdown all export compliance filings with the Department of Commerce, Department of State and Treasury Department are  on hold and frozen (with the exception of urgent cases for direct needs by the U.S. military or humanitarian assistance). The official announcement from the BIS/SNAP-R filing site reads as follows: “Due to the lapse in funding affecting the Department of Commerce that occurred at 12:01 AM EST on Saturday, December 22, 2018, services at BIS are significantly curtailed, including requests for licenses, advisory opinions, and commodity classification except those that provide direct support to the U.S. military, humanitarian aid, or […]