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Fokker fined for sanction violations

HOOFDORP, Netherlands: The U.S. Department of the Treasury has fined Netherlands-based Fokker Services a total of US$21.0 million to settle alleged violations of U.S. sanctions on Iran, Sudan and Burma.

FokkerFokker Services supplies integrated maintenance services, logistics programmes and parts availability to aircraft owners and operators from three facilities in the Netherlands as well as Singapore and the U.S.

The company's potential $51 million civil liability is the result of an investigation by the U.S. Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security that uncovered 1,150 alleged violations of U.S. sanctions.

The U.S. government agencies claim that from 2005 to 2010, Fokker indirectly exported or re-exported aircraft spare parts to Iranian or Sudanese customers that had been sourced from the U.S. without a requisite license.

"By illegally exporting aircraft spare parts to designated countries, [Fokker] flagrantly violated U.S. sanctions laws and this illicit activity will not be tolerated," said OFAC director Adam Szubin.

Fokker notes it reported the activity to U.S. government officials in 2010 and has cooperated fully with the subsequent investigation. In a statement it says: "A comprehensive set of remedial actions were undertaken, including a disciplinary review of the involved employees. Since 2010 [Fokker] has ceased all business with sanctioned countries and has implemented a new compliance programme that has proven to be effective over the recent years."

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