Analytical Technology, Inc. (ATI) of Collegeville, Pennsylvania was in a little hot water with the U.S. Government over the alleged export of items to the United Arab Emirates that are controlled for export for chemical and biological proliferation reasons.
According to documents released last week by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), ATI has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $45,000.
The items in question are two wire gas transmitters. According to ATI’s website, the company sells two models but it is not clear from the charging letter which model was the one subject of the violations.
The UAE is one of those regions of the world that U.S. exporters pay close attention to because, among other things, it is an area of transshipment concern. Bad actors, such as Iranian companies, do a lot of business in the UAE. The Iranians use all sorts of tricks to try to get their hands on U.S. origin technology.
The U.S. and the UAE cooperate to control the flow of sensitive technology in the region, however, as recently as March 2011 senior U.S. officials have called the UAE to task for not doing enough. Transshipment of sensitive technology to the Iranians and other nefarious actors is also a favorite subject of Congressional inquiries.