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OFAC Issues New Venezuela-related Executive Order and General Licenses

On January 28, 2019, the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced that it has designated Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PdVSA) following Executive Order (E.O.) 13850, after a determination by Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin and Secretary of State Michael Pompeo that PdVSA was operating in the Venezuelan oil sector. Additionally, OFAC has amended General License 3 and … Continue Reading

OFAC Issues Venezuela-related General License 6

On January 8, 2019, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued Venezuela-related General License 6, which authorizes the winding down of certain specified transactions with Globovision Tele C.A. and Globovision Tele CA, Corp. until January 8, 2020. Additionally, OFAC issued new FAQs for General License 6, and also added several new individuals and entities to … Continue Reading

BIS Announces Former Florida CEO Pleads Guilty to Export Violations

On December 14, 2018, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced that Eric Baird, former Chief Executive Officer for a Florida based package consolidation and shipping service, pleaded guilty to a single count of felony smuggling and 166 violations of US export control laws. On December 12, 2018, BIS imposed civil penalties of US$17 million and a five-year denial … Continue Reading

Commerce Extends Deadline for Public Comments to Export Controls on Emerging Technologies to January 2019

UPDATE:  BIS is extending the public comments deadline on emerging technology export controls from December 19 this year to January 10, 2019, per an unpublished Federal Register notice released on December 13. The proposed rule will officially appear in the Federal Register on December 14. Posted on November 26, 2018 On November 19, 2018, the US … Continue Reading

EU Introduces New Sanctions Regime Against Persons Involved in Proliferation and Use of Chemical Weapons

On October 15, 2018, the Council of the EU adopted new sanctions against people and entities involved in providing financial, technical or material support for or otherwise involved in any business transaction related to proliferation of chemical weapons. In particular, EU sanctions provide for the freezing of assets for sanctioned people/entities.… Continue Reading

EU Updates Its List of Sanctioned Entities

In October 2018, the EU decided to amend its list of sanctioned entities and persons in the following countries: Burundi, Guinea and North Korea. Further, the European Commission added new persons to sanctions directed against the ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida organizations, and removed restrictions imposed on one Iraqi entity. The up-to-date consolidated list of all entities and people subject to EU … Continue Reading

OFAC Issues Belarus General License 2F

On October 24, 2018, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced that, together with the Department of State, it is extending the Belarus General License 2F’s expiration date. The general license authorizes transactions with certain entities in Belarus pursuant to Executive Order 13405. However, the general license does not authorize the release of blocked property. The expiration date for the general … Continue Reading

BIS Amends the EAR to Implement 2017 Wassenaar Plenary Agreements

The US Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has amended the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to reflect the 2017 changes to the dual-use controls adopted during the 2017 Wassenaar Arrangement Plenary Meetings. As set forth in the October 24, 2018 announcement in the Federal Register, the amendments revise 50 Export Control Classification Numbers (ECCNs) throughout the Commerce Control … Continue Reading

OFAC Temporarily Extends Ukraine-related General Licenses

On October 12 and October 19, 2018, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) extended the expiration date of certain Ukraine-related General Licenses. Specifically, OFAC issued General License 13E and 13F, Authorizing Certain Transactions Necessary to Divest or Transfer Debt, Equity, or Other Holdings in Certain Blocked Persons, which extend the deadline for certain transactions with GAZ Group and with  RUSAL … Continue Reading

Department of the Treasury Issues Iran-related Designations

On October 16, 2018, OFAC announced sanctions “against a vast network of businesses providing financial support to the Basij Resistance Force (Basij), a parliamentary force subordinate to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).” According to OFAC, the Basij militia recruits, trains and deploys child soldiers to fight in IRGC conflicts across the region. Bonyad Taavon Basij, an Iran-based network, is comprised of … Continue Reading

OFAC and JPMorgan Chase Bank Agree on Settlement

On October 5, 2018, the US Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced an agreement with JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (JPMC) to settle potential civil liability arising from 87 apparent violations of the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations, and the Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferators Sanctions Regulations. According to OFAC, “the transactions … Continue Reading

OFAC Offers Temporary Extension of Ukraine-related General Licenses

On September 21, 2018, OFAC extended certain Ukraine-related general licenses. OFAC issued General License No. 13D authorizing certain transactions necessary to divest or transfer debt, equity, or other holdings in listed blocked persons. OFAC also issued General Licenses No. 14A and 16A, which authorize certain activities necessary to the maintenance or wind down of operations or existing contracts with 1) United … Continue Reading

BIS Announces Revisions to Export Administration Regulations (EAR)

On August 30, 2018, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published in the Federal Register a final rule titled, “Revisions to the Export Administration Regulations Based on the 2017 Missile Technology Control Regime Plenary Agreements.” This new final rule amending the EAR reflects changes to the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) Annex pursuant to the October 2017 agreement by the … Continue Reading

Regulatory Revisions to International Traffc in Arms Regulations (ITAR)

On October 4, 2018, the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) announced in the Federal Register revisions to the ITAR titled, “Regulatory Reform Revisions to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations.” The revisions are in response to comments that the Department of State received. The new rule has removed certain notification requirements from the ITAR, and it removed certain items … Continue Reading

Trump Administration Issues CAATSA-related Executive Order

On September 20, 2018, President Trump issued a new CAATSA-related Executive Order (EO) titled, “Authorizing the Implementation of Certain Sanctions Set Forth in the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act” and an accompanying frequently asked question. This EO provides authority to the Secretary of Treasury to take certain actions to implement certain sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions … Continue Reading

EU Amends the Blocking Regulations to Counter US Sanctions Against Iran

The amended EU Blocking Regulation entered into force on August 8. The amendment extended the scope of US sanctions against Iran with which EU citizens or entities must not comply. In addition to the updated EU Blocking Regulation, the European Commission issued: Guidance Note — Questions and Answers: adoption of update of the Blocking Statute Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) … Continue Reading

European Commission Published a Draft Guidance on the Internal Compliance Program

The European Commission published its draft guidance on the internal effective export control compliance programs. The guidance is subject to public consultation with all interested  stakeholders. In order to take part in the consultation, it is necessary to submit a contribution via the on-line survey.… Continue Reading

UK Provides Guidance on Exporting Controlled Goods if There is No Brexit Deal

The Department for International Trade has produced guidance, published on August 23, 2018, informing stakeholders how export controls would be affected if the UK leaves the EU with no deal. The notice explains how export licensing requirements for different groups of items would change and what the UK government proposed to simplify licensing. The export of many controlled items within … Continue Reading
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