Tag - Embargo
Two Apple store employees in Georgia have been accused of racially profiling Farsi-speaking shoppers, and refusing to sell them trade-embargoed iPads and iPhones. In two separate incidents, American customers of Iranian descent have been quoted Apple's export compliance policy and denied purchase based on perceived nationality. Apple has not officially commented on the matter, other than a telephone customer relations representative suggesting that one customer buy the iPad online rather than at retail.
Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturer ZTE is reportedly under investigation by the US Department of Commerce over alleged sales of embargoed US computer equipment to Iran. Commerce Department officials close to the investigation tell Reuters that the department is aggressively conducting its investigation, and fines for ZTE could range into the tens of millions of dollars.