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United States Lifts Sanctions and Ends 20-Year-Old Embargo Against Sudan

Following a 16-month diplomatic effort, on October 6, 2017, the U.S. government announced that it will terminate the vast majority of economic sanctions against Sudan. The revocation, which will be effective on October 12,...more

Trump Expands Sanctions on North Korea

President Trump issued a new executive order (the EO) on September 21st that greatly expands the U.S. sanctions against North Korea, particularly secondary sanctions. Secondary sanctions apply to non-U.S. individuals and...more

Congress Passes Russia, Iran, and North Korea Sanctions Bill in Sweeping Move

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate voted overwhelmingly to pass the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (“CAATSA”). President Trump is expected to sign the bill. The legislation...more

President Trump Announces New Cuba Policy Restricting Travel and Business with Military-Owned Entities

On 16 June 2017, speaking to a crowd in Miami, Florida, President Trump announced a presidential policy directive strengthening sanctions against Cuba. President Trump stated the imposition of these sanctions was necessary to...more

Qatar – Sanctions and Restrictions: What Has Happened, and What It Might Mean for You

On 5 June 2017, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain (the Blockading Countries) severed diplomatic and economic relations with Qatar. Since then, a number of other countries, including the Maldives and...more

The National Security Investigation Of Steel Products

The Commerce Department invoked a rarely used statute to begin an investigation into whether the current levels of steel imports are endangering our country’s national security. We expect that the investigation will be...more

U.S. Designates New Individuals and Entities for Iran-Related Sanctions

Today, the U.S. Treasury Department, Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) imposed sanctions on an additional 13 individuals and 12 entities identified by the Treasury Department as “entities and individuals involved in...more

OFAC Issues New General License to Significantly Lift Sudan Sanctions

On January 13, 2017, President Obama made sweeping changes to the Sudan sanctions program, removing the majority of the sanctions in place against this war-torn nation. The final decision will be in the hands of...more

1/23/2017  /  OFAC , Sanctions , SDN List , Sudan , TSRA

Smoother Sailing Ahead for Shippers After OFAC Clarifies Cuba Sanctions

On Friday, 6 January 2017, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) revised its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), adding five new FAQs (numbers 86-90) pertaining to vessel transactions with...more

1/10/2017  /  Cuba , EAR , Exports , OFAC , Sanctions

OFAC Provides Further Guidance On Iranian Sanctions

This month the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) updated its ‘Frequently Asked Questions Relating to the Lifting of Certain U.S. Sanctions Under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)...more

U.S. Authorities Amend Cuba Sanctions Regulations

On October 17, 2016, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) issued new amendments to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (31...more

U.S. Authorities Roll Back the ‘180-Day Ban’ for Vessels Calling at Cuban Ports

On October 17, 2016, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) further eased sanctions against Cuba with a host of new...more

Brexit, Export Controls, Preferential Trade and Sanctions Programmes – Strategies and Tactics for Success Post-Brexit

On June 23, 2016, the United Kingdom voted to exit the European Union in a historic referendum. Following the referendum, legal issues relating to export control, sanctions programmes, and preferential trade have arisen for...more

New sanctions impose further restrictions on North Korea

The United Nations, the European Union and United States recently expanded sanctions on North Korea, issuing new restrictions which impact the mineral, energy, shipping, banking, finance, and aviation industries. United...more

Recent Amendments to the Cuba Sanctions Ease Restrictions for Travel and Shipping Sectors

This client alert addresses the recent amendments to the Cuba sanctions regime in the wake of President Obama’s historic visit to Cuba. The recent changes represent the increasing efforts of the U.S. government to restore...more

Cuba and the United States: A Continuing Shift in Export and Travel Policy

On January 26, 2016, the United States again modified its stance on travel to Cuba and eased certain export restrictions to that country. The changes are not surprising, considering the White House’s determination to...more

Implementation Day - 16 January 2016

Implementation Day is here. On the evening of 16 January 2016, the EU and the United States lifted nuclear-related sanctions on Iran, in accordance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)....more

State Department Discusses Whether to Add 'Cyber Products' to the USML

Recent trends and discussions relating to export controls and national security concerns may now capture the attention of software manufacturers, technology firms, and online retailers of software, as well as their global...more

Iran: Adoption Day of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

On 14 July 2015, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was agreed between the E3/EU+3 (or the P5+1, comprising the United States, Russia, China, the United Kingdom, France and Germany), together with Iran. This was...more

White House Announces Next Steps in Easing of Cuban Embargo But Broad Restrictions Remain in Place

On September 21, 2015, new amendments that further relax restrictions in the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) will take effect. In anticipation of the amendments’...more

Iran: Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreed on 14 July 2015, but no immediate sanctions relief

On 24 November 2013, the E3/EU+3 (or the P5+1, comprising the United States, Russia, China, the United Kingdom, France and Germany), together with Iran, agreed the Joint Plan of Action (“JPOA”), which relaxed some of the...more

Iran: Further extension of limited sanctions relief to 13 July 2015

In our alert of 8 July, we reported that the P5+1 and Iran had announced the extension of the Joint Plan of Action Relief Period (the JPOA Relief Period) to 10 July 2015. Negotiations with Iran continue. To allow more...more

Iran: Further extension of limited sanctions relief to 10 July 2015

In our alert of 1 July we reported that the P5+1 and Iran had announced the extension of the Joint Plan of Action Relief Period (the JPOA Relief Period) to yesterday, 7 July 2015. Negotiations with Iran continue. To...more

Iran: No decision reached; further extension of limited sanctions relief until 7 July 2015

Yesterday, the P5+1 (made up of the United States, Russia, China, the United Kingdom, France and Germany) together with Iran, announced the extension of the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA) Relief Period (JPOA Relief Period) for...more

7/3/2015  /  Iran , Iran Sanctions , JPOA , P5+1 Nations

Congress Revives the Generalized System of Preferences and Makes Benefits Retroactive to August 1, 2013 but Requires Affirmative...

Amid the often rancorous debate on the Trans Pacific Partnership and the Trade Promotion Authority enabling legislation, both the House and the Senate last week found a common ground in addressing legislation related to the...more

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