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Amazon Settles With U.S. for Orders to Sanctioned Countries (1)

July 8, 2020, 6:15 PM; Updated: July 8, 2020, 6:43 PM

Amazon.com Inc. agreed to pay about $135,000 to the Treasury Department to settle potential liability for violating multiple sanctions programs by processing orders to customers in blocked countries.

The retail giant’s “automated sanctions screening processes failed to fully analyze all transaction and customer data relevant to compliance” with existing regulations, Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) said in an announcement Tuesday.

Between 2011 and 2018, the Seattle-based company received orders for various items and services from individuals in Crimea, Iran, and Syria, OFAC said. Amazon also processed orders from people at “foreign missions” of Cuba, North Korea, Sudan, Iran, ...

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