Baker McKenzie’s Sanctions Blog published the alert titled US issues new sanctions designations related to Russia and Iranian drones, signaling continuously increasing risks on 21 September 2023. Read the article via the link here. Please also visit our Sanctions Blog for the most recent updates.
On August 14, 2023, the US State Department, the Labor Department, and the Commerce Department issued a business advisory (“Business Advisory”) highlighting key risks for companies operating in South Sudan.
While it does not impose new legal obligations on companies, the Business Advisory highlights the fact that list-based sanctions remain in force targeting certain South Sudanese persons including designations under the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control’s Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List, and the US Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security’s Entity List.
View the recorded sessions from our 2023 Virtual Global Trade Conference where international trade compliance lawyers from around the world reviewed major developments impacting international trade.
On 10 July 2023, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) reissued General License 40B, “Authorizing Certain Transactions Involving the Exportation or Reexportation of Liquefied Petroleum Gas to Venezuela.” On the same day, OFAC made public regulations to implement Executive Order 14078, “Bolstering Efforts to Bring Hostages and Wrongfully Detained United States Nationals Home.”
In this video, partners Kerry Contini and Alex Lamy share their advice to companies navigating the rapidly evolving sanctions landscape. As rules become more restrictive, companies should brace themselves for increased compliance risks and routinely review their compliance programs. It is also critical to prepare for cross-border investigations that require a technical understanding of the nuanced rules and their interplay across multiple jurisdictions.
On 1 June 2023, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control added four entities to the Specialty Designated Nationals List under Executive Order 14098 and issued four general licenses authorizing certain transactions involving Sudan.
On 16 June 2023, the US Commerce Department published a final rule implementing President Biden’s 2021 Executive Order 14034 on “Protecting Americans’ Sensitive Data from Foreign Adversaries,” to amend the Commerce Department’s “Securing the Information and Communications Technology Supply Chain” regulations, 15 C.F.R. Part 7. The amendments mainly relate to connected software applications.
On 18 April 2023, Matthew S. Axelrod, the Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement, US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), issued a memorandum titled “Clarifying Our Policy Regarding Voluntary Self-Disclosures and Disclosures Concerning Others” to clarify and announce BIS’ policies concerning voluntary self-disclosures of Export Administration Regulations (EAR) violations and disclosures of possible EAR violations committed by third parties.