Bureau of Industry and Security - Export Enforcement

By prioritizing its enforcement mission, BIS Export Enforcement has evolved over the past nearly 40 years into a sophisticated law enforcement agency with criminal investigators, enforcement analysts, and compliance specialists who are singularly focused on export and antiboycott enforcement, and work closely together with licensing officers within a single bureau of the government. It consists of the Office of Export Enforcement (OEE), the Office of Enforcement Analysis (OEA), and the Office of Antiboycott Compliance (OAC).

BIS Export Enforcement protects and promotes U.S. national security, foreign policy, and economic interests by: investigating export and antiboycott violations; interdicting illegal exports; conducting end-use checks; assisting parties to understand and comply with the antiboycott regulations; helping companies to improve export compliance practices and to identify suspicious inquiries; supporting the licensing process by evaluating the bona fides of transaction parties; aggressively pursuing violators of export control and antiboycott regulations and initiating criminal prosecution or administrative enforcement actions; promoting U.S. strategic technology leadership; and partnering with counterparts throughout the U.S. government.

EE works with the Department of Justice to impose criminal sanctions for violations, including incarceration and fines, and with the Office of Chief Counsel for Industry and Security to impose civil fines and denials of export privileges. EE works with a wide array of partner agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Defense, and the Department of Homeland Security.

BIS Export Enforcement protects and promotes U.S. national security, foreign policy, and economic interests by: investigating export and antiboycott violations; interdicting illegal exports; conducting end-use checks; assisting parties to understand and comply with the antiboycott regulations; helping companies to improve export compliance practices and to identify suspicious inquiries; supporting the licensing process by evaluating the bona fides of transaction parties; aggressively pursuing violators of export control and antiboycott regulations and initiating criminal prosecution or administrative enforcement actions; promoting U.S. strategic technology leadership; and partnering with counterparts throughout the U.S. government.


Enforcement Actions

Commerce Identifies Iranian Cargo Airlines For Apparent Violations Of U.S Export Controls
Press Release
September 19, 2022

BIS Takes Enforcement Action Against PJSC LUKOIL For Violation of U.S. Export Controls ;
Press Release
August 31, 2022

BIS Takes Enforcement Action Against Belgian Persons For Violation of U.S. Export Controls
Export Violation
August 26, 2022

United States Obtains Warrant For Seizure Of Airplane Of Sanctioned Russian Oligarch Andrei Skoch Worth Over $90 Million;
Press Release
August 09, 2022

BIS Issues Charging Letter Against Chinese Company Far East Cable For Violating U.S. Export Controls Related To Shipments To Iran;
Press Release
August 08, 2022

BIS Takes Enforcement Action Against Venezuela Cargo Airline For Violation of U.S. Export Controls;
Press Release
August 02, 2022

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Russia - Belarus Resources

In response to the Russian Federation’s (Russia’s) invasion of Ukraine, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has taken swift and severe action to impose stringent export controls on Russia. These restrictions have also been applied to Belarus in response to its substantial enabling of Russia’s invasion.

  • For a compendium of BIS action related to the conflict in Ukraine, click here

Enforcement Resources

Effective implementation of the EAR is a shared responsibility, and BIS’s Export Enforcement stands ready to educate and support U.S. exporters and other stakeholders in ensuring compliance and where necessary employing its law enforcement authorities to address illicit activities.

  • If you have any concerns about suspicious inquiries that come to your firm, you are encouraged to contact your local BIS Export Enforcement Office: https://www.bis.doc.gov/index.php/enforcement/enforcement-field-offices

  • You may also use BIS’s online tip form: https://www.bis.doc.gov/index.php/component/rsform/form/14-reporting-violations-form?task=forms.edit

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    Export Enforcement Leadership  

    Matthew S. Axelrod
    Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement

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    Kevin Kurland
    Deputy Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement

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