Satellite communications company Airbus DS Government Solutions received a reduced penalty from the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) for admitting self-disclosed violations of antiboycott regulations.

The Texas-based subsidiary of Airbus U.S. Space & Defense was fined $44,750 for three violations of the antiboycott provisions of the Export Administration Regulations, the BIS announced Monday.

The details: In November 2019, Airbus DS participated in a trade show in Kuwait. In connection with the event, it furnished to a freight forwarder/logistics provider a commercial invoice/packing list concerning proposed business relationships with boycotted countries or blacklisted persons, the BIS explained in its order. The information provided included certification that the goods were not of Israeli origin and not manufactured by a company on the Israeli boycott blacklist.

Airbus DS was also cited for not reporting to the BIS the request for information that violated boycott regulations.

Compliance considerations: The BIS said Airbus DS earned a “significant reduction in penalty” for voluntarily self-disclosing the matter, cooperating with the agency’s investigation, and taking remedial measures after discovering the conduct at issue.

No specifics regarding remedial actions undertaken were provided in the settlement agreement.

“U.S. companies are reminded to be vigilant in examining all transaction documents, regardless of the source, to ensure that the terms and conditions comply with our antiboycott rules,” said Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement Matthew Axelrod in the BIS’s release.

The BIS last year updated its voluntary self-disclosure policy to include greater incentives for companies that come forward with information regarding potential violations of export control violations.

Company response: “Airbus DS Government Solutions reported the violation of the U.S. government’s antiboycott regulations to the Commerce Department in 2021. The incident was the result of a paperwork error that arose in dealing with an overseas freight forwarder that violated U.S. antiboycott regulations,” said Nathan Christensen, spokesman for Airbus U.S. Space & Defense, in an emailed statement. “Since then, the company has ceased working with the vendor and reinforced its export compliance program to ensure all employees fully understand and comply with the regulations.”