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November 10, 2008 

Outdoor Equipment Company Pays $685,000 Penalty for Export Control Violations

The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced that Cabela’s Incorporated, an outdoor equipment outfitter based in Sidney, Nebraska, has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $680,000 to settle allegations that it committed 152 violations of the Export Administration Regulations involving the export of controlled optical sighting devices to various countries.

The allegations involved 76 exports of optical sighting devices for firearms in 2004 and 2005 to Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Finland, Ireland, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Africa, Sweden and Taiwan. BIS also alleged that Cabela’s failed to file the required Shipper’s Export Declaration (now known as Electronic Export Information) for each of the 76 exports in question.

Optical sighting devices for firearms are classified on the Commerce Control List under ECCN 0A987 and are controlled for crime control and firearms convention reasons.

In February 2005, Cabela’s settled similar allegations made by BIS that, on 685 occasions in 1999 and 2000, Cabela’s made unlicensed exports of optical sighting devices to a number of countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile and Mexico. Cabela's paid a $265,000 civil penalty to settle those charges.

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