Tag Archives: Executive Order

Trump Secures US Telecom Supply Chain with Executive Order; Related Huawei Actions

On May 15, 2019, President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order (EO) titled “Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain.” The long-awaited EO addresses the use in US communications networks of technologies from certain types of foreign companies.… 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

President Trump Issues Executive Order 13827

On 19 March, the President issued Executive Order (EO) 13827, Taking Additional Steps to Address the Situation in Venezuela. This EO prohibits US persons from engaging in all transactions related to, provision of financing for and other dealings in any digital currency, digital coin or digital token that was issued by, for or on behalf of the government of Venezuela … Continue Reading

OFAC Announces New Iran-Related Designations

On 4 January 2018, OFAC designated five Iran-based entities “subordinate to a key element of Iran’s ballistic missile program”. OFAC designated these entities pursuant to EO 13382 for being owned or controlled by Iran’s Shahid Bakeri Industrial Group (SBIG). The SBIG is listed in the Annex to EO 13382 and is currently sanctioned by the … Continue Reading

OFAC Announces New Venezuela-Related Designations

On 5 January 2018, OFAC designated four current or former Venezuelan government offcials pursuant to EO 13692 for their alleged role in undermining electoral processes, media censorship, or corruption in government-administered food programs in Venezuela. Included among the individuals designated was Rodolfo Clemente Marco Torres, who is an External Director on the Board of Directors … Continue Reading

President Trump Issues Global Magnitsky Executive Order

On 20 December 2017, President Trump issued EO 13818, authorising the imposition of financial sanctions against designated persons determined to be directly or indirectly engaged in certain human rights abuses or corrupt acts around the world. OFAC subsequently released new Frequently Asked Questions and published updated designations.… Continue Reading

OFAC Publishes Amended Iraq Stabilization and Insurgency Sanctions Regulations

Effective 28 December 2017, US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) amended the Iraq Stabilization and Insurgency Sanctions Regulations, 31 CFR part 576, to implement Executive Order (EO) 13668 (“Ending Immunities Granted to the Development Fund for Iraq and Certain Other Iraqi Property and Interests in Property Pursuant to Executive Order 13303, as amended”). … Continue Reading

New Venezuela-Related Frequently Asked Questions

The US Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has published two new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) concerning economic sanctions adopted in August against the Government of Venezuela, under Executive Order (EO) 13808. The first FAQ explains the treatment of Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PdVSA), a state-owned entity, under EO 13808. The second … Continue Reading

Changes to the US’ Iran Policy and Additional Non-Nuclear Iran-related Designations

On 13 October, President Trump announced the results of his administration’s review of the US’ Iran policy, indicating at the same time that he would not “certify” to Iran’s compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement. Since President Trump took office, he has “certified” to Iran’s compliance twice, so this is the first time that he did … Continue Reading

President Imposes New Economic Sanctions Against North Korea

On 20 September, President Trump issued an Executive Order (EO) authorising broad new economic sanctions against North Korea, by targeting those dealing with the country. The Order, EO 13810, adds to the existing US embargo of North Korea by authorising the US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to impose blocking sanctions against any person found to be participating … Continue Reading

Obama Administration Responds to Russian Hacking With Enhanced Cyber-Related Sanctions

On 28 December 2016, the US President issued Executive Order (EO) 13757 to amend a 2015 EO authorising the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to impose sanctions for significant malicious cyber-enabled activities. Intended to address alleged Russian tampering in the US elections, EO 13575 expands the scope of the 2015 EO … Continue Reading

Trump Executive Order Withdraws US from Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP); Action on NAFTA Renegotiation Expected

Following through on one of his campaign promises, on Monday, January 23, President Donald Trump signed a memorandum formally withdrawing the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. It is anticipated that President Trump may issue a separate document regarding the United States’ intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) as early as … Continue Reading

Trade Talk: Week in Review (29 August – 5 September 2016)

The U.S. Congress returns to Washington on Tuesday after a six-week recess.  On Monday, Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tennessee) issued a statement on the perceived lack of strong U.S. leadership, setting the stage for potentially-increased Republican oversight this fall: Just as we saw our allies in Europe dissing us over the … Continue Reading

Trade Talk Week in Review (4-8 July 2016)

North Korea – New U.S. Sanctions Announced.   On Wednesday, the Obama Administration announced sanctions designations targeting senior North Korean officials, including Kim Jong Un.  The U.S. Department of State issued a report identifying individuals and entities responsible or associated with serious human rights abuses or censorship in North Korea.  In tandem, the U.S. Department of … Continue Reading

US Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Implements New Economic Sanctions Against Burundi

OFAC has issued new regulations (at 31 C.F.R. Part 554) implementing the President’s Executive Order 13712, of 22 November 2015, imposing sanctions against Burundi. The sanctions consist of measures blocking property and interests in property of persons listed in or designated pursuant to Executive Order 13712, published in the Federal Register and incorporated into OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked … Continue Reading

New Sanctions Against North Korea

South Korea, the EU and US imposed or strengthened sanctions against North Korea in March. South Korea’s sanctions include an asset freeze on, and a restriction on business dealings with, 38 individuals and 24 entities in North Korea alleged to be responsible for the development of weapons of mass destruction. Further sanctions were imposed against two individuals and six … Continue Reading
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