Category: OFAC

According to Treasury Department statistics, during the first six months of 2019, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has issued nearly $1.3 billion in penalties. That represents 18 settled cases and is an amount which is 17 times greater than all of 2018 (when there were seven settled cases.) The totals for OFAC penalties...

Discussions on the fringes of the G-20 Summit have apparently led to a potential lessening of the restrictions against Huawei and at least some of its affiliates.  These sanctions and the ensuing discussions certainly overshadowed the eight themes of the summit (Global Trade, Economy, Investment, Innovation, Environment and Energy, Employment, Women’s Empowerment, Development and Health). ...

Darus Zehrbach of Westover, West Virginia was recently sentenced to six months in prison for making false statements to a federal agent. Zehrbach applied for an OFAC license to export electric scooters to Iran, however, the license was denied. Despite the denial, Zehrbach exported the scooters from the United States to the United Arab Emirates....

This past December, at the American Bankers Association/American Bar Association Financial Crimes Enforcement Conference, Treasury’s Under Secretary Sigal Mandelker spoke to his audience on the Office of Foreign Assets Control’s (OFAC) Compliance Commitments. While acknowledging that because U.S. economic sanctions can apply to all types of industries and businesses and there may not be a...

In addition to federal workers impacted by the current government shutdown, companies who rely on the federal government to support their import/export compliance are also feeling the impact. We thought it might be helpful to provide the status of the various government agencies involved with assisting importers and exporters during this shutdown. Please Note: This...

We all know that OFAC can impose civil penalties against any person who exports goods to a third party, when that person has reason to believe the goods are destined for Iran. But how far does OFAC have to go to prove that the goods were actually reexported to Iran? A recent decision by the...

Earlier this month, Erdal Kuyumcu, the CEO of Global Metallurgy, LLC, was arrested for allegedly exporting a cobalt-nickel metallic powder from the United States to Iran. According to the Department of Justice press release, Kuyumcu’s company planned to ship the metallic powder through an intermediary in Turkey in order to conceal the ultimate destination of...

On July 14, the P5 +1 countries (United States, United Kingdom, China, Russia, France and Germany) and Iran agreed on a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to ensure that Iran’s nuclear program would be peaceful. As part of the agreement, the parties have agreed to sanctions relief which will come in phases and be...

If you missed the first BIS call-in programs regarding the changes in U.S. Foreign Policy towards Cuba, there are still three more opportunities to attend. BIS will host additional call-in programs on July 7, August 11 and September 8 at 2 p.m. EDT. The dial-in information is as follows: Toll Number: 1-210-838-9521 Toll Free Number:...

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....