Every distributor must be careful that they are not exporting to customers like the one described in this story. There are procedures that can be put in place to investigate potential customers before selling to them which includes obtaining a statement from each customer requesting the products end use. This document should contain the consequences of the actions described in this story as well. You may contact Ian Cosley, at our California facility, if you would like to see AERI’s procedure and try to implement a new program in your firm. See the above link for the full story about this FBI takedown.
Robb Hammond is the President of AERI and the chair of the Aerospace Industry’s Counterfeit Electronic Components Mitigation Standard for independent distributors, AS6081, which has become one of the industry’s most respected documents, as well as being adopted by the Department of Defense. Robb is one of the foremost thought leaders in the industry on counterfeit detection and speaks regularly at conferences around the globe.