Somerset, NJ-based Emcore Corporation has agreed to pay a $400,000 civil penalty to settle charges that it violated the US Export Administration Regulations (EAR) in connection with exports of tools for Metal Organic Vapour Deposition (MOCVD).
The US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) charged that between 1998 and 2003, Emcore committed 71 violations of the EAR related to the export of MOCVD tools to China and Taiwan.
BIS charged that Emcore knowingly exported the MOCVD tools to consignees located in Taiwan without the required export licenses, illegally serviced the tools, failed to file Shipper’s Export Declarations (SEDs), and failed to retain certain export control documents.
The US Commerce Department also charged that between 2000 and 2003, Emcore made false statements to the US government and violated conditions on export licenses that it had received for exports of MOCVD tools to consignees in China.
Exports of MOCVD tools to China and Taiwan are controlled for US national security and anti-terrorism reasons.