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U.S. Updates Economic Sanctions Regulations

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Wednesday, 29 June 2011 18:23

The Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control ("OFAC") is removing from the Code of Federal Regulations the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) and Bosnian Serb-Controlled Areas of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina Sanctions Regulations, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) Kosovo Sanctions Regulations, and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) Milosevic Sanctions Regulations. For more information, visit the OFAC website

 

U.S. Imposes New Economic Sanctions on Iranian Entities

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Friday, 24 June 2011 13:56

Yesterday, the U.S. Government announced that it was imposing economic sanctions on various Iranian business entities including an Iranian port operator and airline. These particular designations will be of interest to companies engaged in global trade especially international shipping. 

Read more... [U.S. Imposes New Economic Sanctions on Iranian Entities]
 

USG Announces New Export Control License Exception, Strategic Trade Authorization

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Friday, 17 June 2011 10:23

Yesterday, U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced a new license exception to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) that "authorizes the export, reexport, and transfer (in- country) of specified items to destinations that pose relatively low risk that those items will be used for a purpose that license requirements are designed to prevent."

Read more... [USG Announces New Export Control License Exception, Strategic Trade Authorization]
 

OFAC Updates SDN List, Western Balkans

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Thursday, 09 June 2011 12:42

In this morning's Federal Register, the Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) published the following notice updating the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list involving the "Blocking Property of Persons Who Threaten International Stabilization Efforts in the Western Balkans." The notice is available here.

 

Cuba Petroleum Sanctions Bill Introduced in the US Congress

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Saturday, 28 May 2011 18:53

Right before the Memorial Day break, a group of bipartisan legislators in the U.S. Congress introduced the Caribbean Coral Reef Protection Act (H.R. 2047). If enacted, penalties would be imposed against companies and individuals assisting Cuba in the development of its petroleum industry as well as offshore oil drilling in waters close to the Florida Keys.

According to Committee documents, the bill was not available for review yet, The legislation would deny U.S. visas to any individuals investing more than $1 million in Cuba's petroleum sector. It would also make it illegal for any U.S. citizen to help the Cuban government explore for drilling opportunities in Cuban waters.

Read more... [Cuba Petroleum Sanctions Bill Introduced in the US Congress]
 

Countries Not Cooperating with U.S. Anti-Terrorism Efforts

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Saturday, 28 May 2011 18:34

Every year the President determines and certifies to the Congress what countries are not cooperating fully with United States antiterrorism efforts.

The certifications are made pursuant to Sec. 2781 of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) and, if a foreign country is listed, no U.S. defense articles or defense services may be sold or licensed to that country.

Read more... [Countries Not Cooperating with U.S. Anti-Terrorism Efforts]
 

US Government to Issue Property Claim Decisions Against Libya and Albania

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Wednesday, 25 May 2011 15:49

In today's Federal Register, the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission issued a Notice that it will hold a meeting on Friday, June 3, 2011, at 10:30 am to issue proposed decisions in claims by U.S. persons against the governments of Libya and Albania. The meeting notice is available, here.

 

Obama Administration Announces Additional Iran Sanctions, Imposes Sanctions on Venezuelan State-owned Oil Company

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Tuesday, 24 May 2011 14:47

The Obama Administration announced yesterday and this morning additional Iran sanctions pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-172) (50 U.S.C. 1701 note) (ISA), as amended by, inter alia, the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-195), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, with respect to the national emergency declared in Executive Order 12957 of March 15, 1995 against the Islamic Republic of Iran.  The Executive Order is available here.

Read more... [Obama Administration Announces Additional Iran Sanctions, Imposes Sanctions on Venezuelan State-owned Oil Company]
 

USG Amends Export Controls Entity List Related to Russia's Rosatom

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Tuesday, 24 May 2011 09:56

The U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS issued a final rule today amending the  the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) by removing one and revising two Russian entries on the Entity List (Supplement No. 4 to Part 744). Rosatom is Russia's primary agency in charge of nuclear power and nuclear weapons.

Read more... [USG Amends Export Controls Entity List Related to Russia's Rosatom]
 

Reminder: FinCEN CISADA Iran Sanctions Comments Due June 1

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Monday, 23 May 2011 19:48

Last month, the U.S Department of the Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) proposed regulations to implement new reporting requirements by U.S. financial institutions pursuant to the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010 (CISADA). 

The proposed regulations would work in tandem with other financial provisions of CISADA to isolate financial institutions designated by the U.S. Government in connection with Iran's proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) or delivery systems for WMD, or in connection with its support for international terrorism.

Read more... [Reminder: FinCEN CISADA Iran Sanctions Comments Due June 1]
 
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