On September 3, 2020, the Department of State and the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned numerous entities and persons for their reported involvement with the petroleum or petroleum sector of Iran.  According to a press statement from Secretary of State Michael Pompeo,  the targeted entities and persons have “continued

On August 26, 2020, the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced that it was adding 24 Chinese companies to the Entity List for their role in helping the Chinese military construct and militarize the internationally condemned artificial islands in the South China Sea. “The United States, China’s neighbors, and the international

The Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced sanctions against several persons and entities determined to be supporting Iran’s Mahan Air in violation of U.S. sanctions toward Iran. According to both agencies, the involved companies have provided key parts and logistics services

On June 25, 2020, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced that its recent designations to the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Entities (SDN) List targeted Iran’s steel, aluminum, copper, and iron sectors. OFAC designated eight entities operating in the Iranian metals sector including companies from Iran, the United

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has issued four new Frequently Asked Questions​​ (FAQs) related to Executive Order (E.O.) 13902, “Imposing Sanctions With Respect to Additional Sectors of Iran.”  The FAQs address the manufacture of medicines, medical equipment and sanitation products in Iran, the scope of sectors targeted

On May 27, 2020, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the United States was ending the sanctions waiver pertaining to the remaining nuclear projects in Iran covered by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – the Arak reactor modernization conversion, the provision of enriched uranium for the Tehran Research Reactor, and the export

On May 14, 2020, the U.S. Departments of State and Treasury and the U.S. Coast Guard issued a global advisory to alert the maritime industry and those active in the energy and metals sectors to deceptive shipping practices used to evade U.S. economic sanctions.  It is intended to provide exporters, shippers and others utilizing the

On April 16, 2020, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a fact sheet noting that the sanctions programs it administers generally allow for legitimate humanitarian-related trade, assistance or activity under existing laws and regulations. The fact sheet provides consolidated guidance highlighting the most relevant exemptions, exceptions and authorizations for

The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has designated 20 Iran- and Iraq-based front companies, senior officials, and business associates for providing support to, or acting on behalf of, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) and for transferring lethal aid to Iranian-backed terrorist militias in Iraq such as Kata’ib Hizballah