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Harry Cassin
Publisher and Editor

Andy Spalding
Senior Editor

Jessica Tillipman
Senior Editor

Richard L. Cassin
Editor at Large

Elizabeth K. Spahn
Editor Emeritus

Cody Worthington
Contributing Editor

Julie DiMauro
Contributing Editor

Thomas Fox
Contributing Editor

Marc Alain Bohn
Contributing Editor

Bill Waite
Contributing Editor

Shruti J. Shah
Contributing Editor

Russell A. Stamets
Contributing Editor

Richard Bistrong
Contributing Editor

Eric Carlson
Contributing Editor

Bill Steinman
Contributing Editor

These ‘mistakes’ are behind most OFAC violations

Earlier this year the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control published A Framework for OFAC Compliance Commitments. It describes essential components of a sanctions compliance program (management commitment, risk assessment, internal controls, testing and auditing, and training).… Continue Reading

Deal announced for U.S. to embed ZTE compliance group for 10 years

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said Thursday that China’s ZTE will pay $1 billion in penalties, put $400 million in escrow, and accept a U.S.-appointed compliance department.

According to a Commerce Department statement, the new agreement requires ZTE “to retain a team of special compliance coordinators selected by and answerable to” the Commerce Department for ten years.… Continue Reading

OFAC fines paper company for illegal exports from Canada

The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control fined a Connecticut-based company Thursday for exporting paper from Canada to Sudan.

BD White Birch Investment LLC, known as White Birch USA,  paid $372,465 to settle allegations that it violated U.S.… Continue Reading

OFAC adds Singapore companies, others to North Korea sanctions list

The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control Tuesday put more entities and individuals from China, Russia, Singapore and Namibia on the North Korea sanctions list.

OFAC said the blocked companies and people bought coal, minerals or oil from North Korea or supported its weapons programs.… Continue Reading

Nina Mohseni: Iran sanctions lifted! But wait…which sanctions?

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (State Department photo) If you’re a U.S. company — unless you’re a food, medicine/medical supplies, or civil aircraft/parts supplier — you still cannot have anything to do with Iran, even after the so-called lifting of sanctions as part of the nuclear accord known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.… Continue Reading

Sanctions compliance: OFAC statement about the Iran action plan

Image courtesy of the White House via YouTubeStatement Relating to the July 14, 2015 Announcement of a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action Regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Nuclear Program:

On July 14, 2015, the P5 + 1 and Iran reached a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to ensure that Iran’s nuclear program will be exclusively peaceful.… Continue Reading