On March 4, 2003, the Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs, Lincoln P. Bloomfield, Jr., signed a consent agreement imposing a $32 million fine on Hughes Electronics Corporation and Boeing Satellite Systems, Inc., in a civil settlement of the 123 charges against them for violations of the Arms Export Control Act and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations. The charges against these two companies, which are delineated in the Departmentís December 26, 2002 Charging Letter, were brought in connection with their conduct related to the January 1995 failed launch of the Long March 2E rocket carrying the APSTAR II Spacecraft, the February 1996 failed launch of the Long March 3B rocket carrying the INTELSAT 708 Spacecraft, and other satellite-related matters involving the People's Republic of China. The U.S. Customs Service was also a party to the settlement.
Under the terms of the consent agreement, the $32 million fine will be levied as follows:
The Department again stresses the importance compliance with export control laws has to the security and foreign policy interests of the United States and the risk of harm when companies fail to follow these laws.
The Consent Agreement, the Annexes of Compliance Measures, the Charging Letter, and the order implementing the agreement are available to the public at the Department of State Reading Room located at 515 22d Street NW.