UMass Lowell fined $100,000 for export control violations

Monday, May 27, 2013 - 3:31pm

The University of Massachusetts at Lowell was fined $100,000 for unlicensed export of atmospheric sensing equipment to Pakistan’s Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (“SUPARCO”). See ExportLawBlog for details. The fine will be waived if the university does not commit any more export violations during a probationary period of two years.

Notably, the exports in this case were not controlled items--all were classified as EAR99, meaning they could be shipped without a license to most destinations in most circumstances--but the recipient of the items, SUPARCO, is on the Bureau of Industry and Security's Entity List of people and organizations subject to special license requirements.

Export control regulations govern the international export of items, as well as the sharing of information or software with foreign nationals in the U.S. or abroad. Appalachian State University faculty, staff, and students who are engaged in international travel and research--including U.S.-based research collaborations with colleagues and students who are foreign nationals--should review the Export Control Management Plan and contact Research Protections for guidance.

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