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Press Release | BIS | January 23, 2024

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) strengthened its existing controls under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) against Russia and Belarus in response to the Russian Federation’s (Russia’s) ongoing aggression against Ukraine and Belarus’s complicity in the invasion.

  • Belarus
  • Russian Federation
  • Ukraine
  • Regulations

Press Release | BIS | January 22, 2024

WASHINGTON, DC. -- The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced today that Elizabeth “Liz” Cannon will serve as the first Executive Director of the Office of Information and Communications Technology and Services (OICTS) beginning on Monday, January 22, 2024. OICTS is responsible for implementing the Information and Communications Technology and Services (ICTS) Program for the Department of Commerce.

Press Release | BIS | January 18, 2024

WASHINGTON, DC.--The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is conducting a comprehensive assessment of the use of mature-node semiconductor devices in the supply chains that support—directly or indirectly—U.S. national security and critical infrastructure.

  • Regulations

Press Release | External | January 18, 2024

Defendant Allegedly Used Network of Businesses in China and Other Countries to Illegally Transfer Hundreds of Thousands of Semiconductors to Sanctioned Business with Ties to Russian Military and Russian Intelligence Agencies

  • Russian Federation
  • Enforcement

Press Release | BIS | January 18, 2024

ATLANTA – A federal jury has convicted Jalal Hajavi of conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (“IEEPA”) and the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations (“ITSR”), smuggling goods from the United States, unlawfully exporting and reexporting goods from the U.S. to Iran without a license, and unlawfully engaging in transactions and dealings based on his participation in a scheme to unlawfully export heavy equipment from the U.S. to Iran by routing the shipments though the United Arab Emirates.

  • Iran, Islamic Republic of
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Enforcement

Press Release | External | January 4, 2024

LAREDO, Texas – Three siblings have admitted to buying, transporting and concealing ammunition intended to be smuggled into Mexico, announced U.S. Attorney Alamdar S. Hamdani.

  • Mexico
  • Enforcement

Press Release | External | January 2, 2024

CONCORD – The New Hampshire charity NuDay, a/k/a NuDay Syria, was sentenced today in federal court for export offenses, U.S. Attorney Jane E. Young announces.

NuDay was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Joseph N. Laplante to five years of probation, the maximum penalty for an organizational defendant. NuDay was also ordered to pay a $25,000 fine. On September 8, 2023, NuDay pleaded guilty to three counts of Failure to File Export Information.

  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Enforcement
  • Export Violations

Press Release | External | December 21, 2023

Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that ROBERT ALCANTARA was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Vernon S. Broderick to 68 months in prison for trafficking firearms. ALCANTARA previously pled guilty to conspiring to traffic firearms and conspiring to launder money.

  • Dominican Republic
  • Firearms
  • Enforcement

Press Release | External | December 19, 2023

Justice Department Seizes More Than $800,000 from Companies Tied to Network

  • Iran, Islamic Republic of
  • Enforcement

Press Release | BIS | December 12, 2023

WASHINGTON D.C. – The Department of Justice, Department of Commerce’s Bureau of
Industry and Security (BIS), Department of Homeland Security’s Homeland Security
Investigations (HSI), Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), and
Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a joint compliance
note highlighting common tactics deployed by malign actors in the maritime and other
transportation industries as well as recent enforcement actions taken in response to alleged

  • Enforcement