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U.S. Shocks the World by Withdrawing from Iran Nuclear Agreement; OFAC Issues Important Deadlines for Compliance Suites
May 9, 2018
By: Saskia Rietbroek, Principal, SanctionsAlert.com
On May 8, 2018, President Trump announced that the U.S. would be withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal. The agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was reached in 2015 by Iran and major world powers – U.K., China, France, Germany, Russia and the U.S (the ‘P5’) in hopes of halting Iran’s nuclear capabilities. The decision to withdraw leaves the JCPOA in tatters and creates a host of new challenges for sanctions compliance officers worldwide.
“It has turned my world upside down,” says a compliance officer from an international insurance company.
The U.S. government says it will restore the strict sanctions it imposed on Iran before the 2015 deal and is considering new penalties. It is important to note that the JCPOA is not a treaty, but rather a political arrangement put into force largely through presidential executive orders, which the President can revoke without the approval of Congress. read more…
Member Profile – Bryan Early: Approaching the Sanctions Profession from an Academic and Sanctions Policy Perspective
May 4, 2018
By Anna Sayre, Legal Content Writer SanctionsAlert.com
The use of sanctions as an international regulatory and compliance tool has risen exponentially in recent times. The increasingly complex nature of these sanctions programs has led to the need for qualified persons equipped with the knowledge to tackle the day-to-day compliance and operational duties brought on by the ever-changing rules that govern sanctions policy. read more…
Experts from BIS Identify Key Issues for Exporters and How to Develop an Effective Export Control Program
April 24, 2018
Just as the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has great influence over the implementation of U.S. sanctions policy, its cousin – the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) – plays an equally vital role in the implementation of U.S. export/import policy.
BIS regulates less sensitive military items, as well as, commodities and technology referred to as “dual-use;” these are items that are designed for both commercial and military applications.BIS derives its power mainly from the Export Administration Act (EAA) and is responsible for administrating the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). Similarly to OFAC, BIS keeps a list of regulated items called the Commercial Control List (CCL). BIS has broad jurisdiction over U.S. origin items.
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