UK Businessman Jailed for Exporting Radiation Detection Equipment to Iran

October 1, 2010

Publication Type: 

  • International Enforcement Actions


Wisconsin Project Staff

Philip Bisgrove, the owner of NDT Mart, pleaded guilty to knowingly exporting controlled items to Iran without the required licenses. Between 2007 and 2008, the Lancashire businessman illegally exported to Iran ten shipments of dosimeters and doserate meters, three shipments of MY-2 Electromagnets, and a consignment of radiation detection equipment. The investigation, by UK's HM Revenue and Customs officers, revealed the purchase of dosimeters by the Iranian company Sakht Afzar Farayand Eng Co (SAFCO). The radiation detection equipment was transhipped via Taiwan, but e-mails from Mr. Bisgrove's contact at SAFCO, Peyman Rostami, revealed a discussion about shipping goods through Dubai, Malaysia, and Taiwan to avoid export controls. Bisgrove also paid another company, RSM Motorsport, to receive and ship goods on behalf of NDT Mart. On October 15, 2010, Bisgrove was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court to eight months' imprisonment and fined £30,000.


[1] "Business Owner Jailed for Selling Controlled Goods without a License to Iran," Notice to Exporters - 2010/38, United Kingdom Department for Business Innovation & Skills, October 26, 2010.

[2] "Businessman Jailed for Selling Radiation Detection Equipment to Iran," Press Release, UK HM Revenue & Customs, October 15, 2010.