Category: Denied Parties Lists

The New York branch office of the National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) has agreed to pay $28,800 to settle alleged violations of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Global Terrorism Sanctions Regulations. This stems from a series of funds transfers processed by the bank to an entity on OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) List….

Stop me if you’ve heard this one. Your Business Development Manager (we’ll call him “Bob”) is at a military trade show somewhere in the Middle East. A guy from that region exchanges business cards with Bob, chats for a few minutes, then splits. A few weeks later, Bob receives an email from the gentleman, asking…

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus once famously said: “The only thing that is constant is change.” In the world of trade compliance, country sanctions and restricted parties lists are no exception to this rule. Time and time again, I see people with printed lists of countries posted near their computers, to remind them of where they…

For all of you diligently screening your transactions against the many restricted parties lists published by the U.S. government, you are most likely aware that some items can actually be sent to some entities on the lists. The Unverified List, published by the Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), was previously a…

This is the first in a series of articles called The Automation Dilemma. During the next few weeks and months, we’ll discuss some of the common “do’s and don’ts” of automating your company’s export compliance process. Keep checking back for future installments in this series. In today’s world, many companies use different methods to automate…

Ever heard of the BIS Entity List? More importantly, are you screening your transactions against this and other U.S. government watch lists? If you’re like most companies that we talk to, the answer to both of these questions is: “No.” In fact, it’s safe to say that many – and perhaps even most – companies…

Less than two months after they were added to the Excluded Party List System (EPLS), it now appears that the last of the freight forwarders have been removed from the EPLS – paving the way for a return to “business as usual” for exporters who were being restricted from certain trade activities involving these forwarders…

Ever heard of The Parts Guys?  Neither had I.  Now, it seems, the whole world knows about this business and its president, Michael Edward Todd. The Parts Guys, LLC, is a company in Port Orange, Florida, which also operates a warehouse in Macon, Georgia.  (I’m going out on a limb and guessing these guys sell…

BIS recently issued a TDO (temporary denial order) which contained some interesting allegations about “virtual offices” against a company charged with illegal exports to Iran. The order places Anvik Technologies and its owner, Babak Jafarpour, on the Denied Persons List. According to the investigation, Anvik/Jafarpour rented a variety of “virtual office spaces” in places like Chicago and…