Alberta company charged with illegally exporting goods to Iran

Global News

CALGARY-  A Red Deer company has been charged with illegally shipping O-rings to Iran after an investigation by RCMP and the Canada Border Service Agency.

The Viton O-rings were seized at the Calgary International Airport in May, 2011, from a cargo shipment headed to Iran.

The rings are prohibited under the Special Economic Measures Act because they can be used in nuclear applications.

This is the first time charges have ever been laid under the act in Canada.

The company charged is Lee Specialties of Red Deer. Representatives of the company were scheduled to appear in court in Calgary on Monday.

“CBSA officers are not only the first line of defense for goods coming into Canada, but they are also the final eye to ensure goods leaving the country are being lawfully exported,” said Lauren Delgaty, regional director for the CBSA’s prairie region. “This seizure prevented these items, which can…

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