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US exporters and their freight forwarders are likely to come under increased regulatory scrutiny after Florida-based freight forwarder Access USA Shipping confessed to export violations.

The company was ordered to pay $27m in fines following an admission to the US department of commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) that it had committed around 150 export violations.

After the revelations, secretary of state for commerce Wilbur Ross promised “new energy to the enforcement of our trade laws”.

Access reached a settlement with BIS over 129 counts of evasion, 17 of exporting, or attempting to export, “crime control” items between April 2011 and January 2013, and a further four counts of exporting, or attempting to export, to entities sanctioned by BIS, shipments including weapons parts.

In illuminating detail, BIS described the extraordinary lengths the forwarder took to secure export shipments for non-US customers.

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