06 March 2000 00:00 [Source: ICB]
Bayer in the US has agreed to pay a $200 000 fine for illegally exporting chemicals that could be used to create chemical or biological weapons.
The US Commerce Department's Bureau of Export Administration claims Bayer exported ethanolamine hydrochloride 57 times without a licence between October 1994 and January 1997. The exports were initially destined for Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Hong Kong, South Africa and Taiwan.
The Commerce Department says that chemicals on its proscribed list cannot be exported without a licence. By settling the case Bayer has avoided the possibility of criminal prosecution. Bayer has not admitted liability.
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