On July 12, 2021, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued Venezuela-related General License 40, “Authorizing Certain Transactions Involving the Exportation or Reexportation of Liquefied Petroleum Gas to Venezuela.” This general license authorizes all transactions and activities related to the exportation or reexportation, directly or indirectly, of liquefied petroleum (LP) gas to Venezuela, involving: (i) the Government of Venezuela, (ii) Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PdVSA), or (iii) any entity in which PdVSA owns, directly or indirectly, a 50 percent or greater interest, that are prohibited by E.O. 13850, as amended by E.O. 13857, or E.O. 13884. The general license is effective through July 8, 2022.
OFAC has made clear that for its purposes, the term LP gas means – “a group of hydrocarbon gases, primarily propane, normal butane, and isobutane, derived from crude oil refining or natural gas processing. These gases may be marketed individually or mixed. They can be liquefied through pressurization (without requiring cryogenic refrigeration) for convenience of transportation or storage. The definition excludes ethane and olefins.”
General License 40 does not authorize any payment-in-kind of petroleum or petroleum products, and continues to prohibit any other activities otherwise prohibited by OFAC’s Venezuela Sanctions Regulations.