The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) has prosecuted Perth company, Cyber Technology for trying to export drones without a permit.
According to an ACBPS statement, the Perth Magistrates ordered the company to forfeit their goods, worth $80,000, and the company was given a 12 month good behaviour bond with $5,000 surety.
An export permit was presented by the company; however it did not cover the goods being exported. The goods were subsequently seized by ACBPS.
The reason drones are controlled by ACBPS is that they can be used for military use.
In a separate incident in March, a Cyber Technology employee tried to travel overseas with controlled goods. The goods were accompanied by a permit which did not cover the goods being exported and the goods were also seized.
Cyber Technology said in a statement that the incidents were the result of clerical errors and incorrect paper work.
The company said the “clerical errors were made in February & March of 2013, during a period of significant company restructure and related to the shipping of UAV equipment.”
It added that its guilty plea to the charges was the result of a commercial decision.
“This has been an unfortunate outcome, considering the nature of the submission error. The error related to an over specified product description, of shipped equipment on register. This caused Australian Customs to hold the equipment. The company’s internal process was rectified in April 2013,” the statement said.
It added, “Every effort has been made and continues to be made to comply with all relevant legislation.”