August 6, 2009

DHL to pay $9.4M for poor record keeping

U.S. shipping giant DHL has agreed to pay a $9.4 million fine to settle allegations of improper record keeping, the U.S. Treasury Department said.

The Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control and the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security levied the fine concerning pervasive record keeping failures involving shipments to Iran, Sudan and Syria, Treasury said.

In a statement, DHL said, the U.S. government has not alleged that DHL transported shipments of strategic sensitivity to these countries, the Dayton (Ohio) Daily News reported.

Shipments to Iran and Sudan, however, are limited by federal regulation and require strict record keeping, the newspaper said.

In its statement DHL said the federal complaints -- more than 300 in a five-year period -- involved fewer than 1 percent of its shipments between August 2002 and March 2007.