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It won’t have helped Aramex, but there is a useful warning in this story about the benefits of complying with the US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry. The Dubai office of the forwarder was forced to pay a $125,000 penalty after it shipped network devices and software to Syria without the necessary licences. Computerlinks of Dubai paid a $2.8m penalty for some of the same transactions. Freight forwarders need to be aware.

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