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Maritime Shipping Compliance Guidance Focuses on Automatic Identification Systems

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

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Treasury’s new OFAC Compliance Framework to Encourage Level Playing Field Across Industries

May 17, 2019 By: Anna Sayre, Head of Legal Content, ACSS

On May 2, 2019, following an official announcement by Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence during the American Bankers Association/American Bar Association Conference on December 3, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)released its much-anticipated Framework for OFAC Compliance Commitments delineating the key elements that it considers to be essential to an effective sanctions compliance program (SCP).

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US Treasury Requests Further Funds Increase For Sanctions, Terrorism, and OFAC IT Infrastructure

May 2, 2019 By: Anna Sayre, Head of Legal Content, ACSS

Regulators at the U.S. Treasury have signalled their top priorities for the year, and it doesn’t look good for sanctions violators. The Treasury’s Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence (TFI)’s new budget proposal calls for a substantial increase in funds to both fight terror and enhance sanctions policy enforcement.

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The Zoltek Experience: Six Lessons for U.S. Companies with Foreign Subsidiaries

February 4, 2019 By: Scott Nance and George Voloshin

On December 20, 2018, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) published a penalty notice and settlement agreement with Zoltek Companies, Inc., a U.S. producer of carbon fiber. OFAC found that Zoltek had violated U.S. sanctions laws due to its Hungarian subsidiary, Zoltek ZRT, having purchased inputs from a Specially Designated National (SDN) in Belarus. Zoltek agreed to pay a substantial fine of $7,772,102 and to implement various measures to ensure it would not commit future violations.

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