June 21, 2019 By: Natasha Bright, Reporter ACSS
Compliance with sanctions isn’t just a bank issue. In the past year, the Office of Foreign Assets Control has begun to focus on industries outside the financial sector including those involved in shipping. Sanctions related to Iran, North Korea and Venezuela have increased pressure on maritime trade businesses including shipping companies, insurance companies, commodities traders, associated financial institutions, and others. In response, organizations are looking for guidance and solutions to adapt to the rapidly evolving and complex compliance landscape
June 12, 2019 By: Anna Sayre, Head of Legal Content, ACSS
In early 2019, despite U.S. sanctions to the contrary, Germany, France and the U.K. (also known as the ‘E3’) joined together to set up INSTEX: a new payment channel to facilitate trade with Iran. Though a bold move in theory, any effort on the part of the E.U. to continue trade with Iran could only serve to ruffle Washington’s feathers.
May 27, 2019 By: Natasha Bright, reporter ACSS
On the one-year anniversary of the United States withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a new executive order was announced that imposes sanctions on Iran’s iron, steel, aluminum, and copper sectors. This was the latest move in the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran, which seems to have picked up speed since the beginning of this year.
October 3, 2018 By: SanctionsAlert.com
On September 13, 2018, Epsilon Electronics Inc, a car audio and video equipment manufacturer, agreed to pay the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) $1,500,000 to settle a case related to alleged violations of the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations.
The case, which is a culmination of a 2014 penalty notice and two court cases, contains four vital lessons for U.S. exporters whose products may be found in Iran.
The September 2018 settlement is a re-consideration of a disputed penalty notice from 2014, at which time OFAC fined Epsilon $4,000,000. In the 2014 notice, OFAC alleges that from 2008 to 2012, the electronics manufacturer broke the law by selling audio and video equipment to Asra International, LLC. (more…)
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May 30, 2018
FinCEN CDD Rule Comes into Effect; FFIEC Issues Guidance for Compliance Suites, including for OFAC Officers
On May 11, 2018, exactly two years after being issued, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”)’s implemented its new Customer Due Diligence (CDD) Rule. This CDD rule enhances CDD requirements and also adds a new requirement for financial institutions to identify, and verify the identity of, the beneficial owners of certain legal entity customers.
OFAC Compliance Officers should take notice, as US Treasury expects financial institutions to use beneficial ownership information not only to comply with AML requirements, but also for compliance with the OFAC regulations.