US Department Of The Treasury Continues Its Implementation Of Tougher Sanctions Against Iran

Sep 30, 2010   

On September 28, 2010, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) of the United States Department of the Treasury issued new regulations amending the Iranian Transactions Regulations, (“ITR”), of the Code of Federal Regulations. The new regulations come as OFAC continues its efforts at implementing the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010 (“CISADA”). Passed on July, 1, 2010, CISADA supplements the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 by expanding sanctionable activities and providing for additional types of sanctions.

The new regulations revoke 31 C.F.R. §§ 560.534 and 560.535 from the ITR. As a result, OFAC will no longer authorize, by either general or specific license, the commercial importation or dealing in of certain foodstuffs and carpets of Iranian origin into the United States. Additionally, the new regulations implement the import and export prohibitions in section 103 of the CISADA. Section 103 economic sanctions include prohibitions on the importation of goods or services of Iranian origin directly or indirectly into the US and on US origin goods, services, or technology from the US or a US person to Iran. A copy of the OFAC Federal Register announcement can be at Iranian Transactions Regulations amendment.

While the new regulations prohibit the import and export of goods and services to and from Iran, numerous exceptions, such as the exportation of goods for humanitarian assistance and the exportation of technology necessary for personal internet communication, exist under both the CISADA and the ITR. Additionally, importers must be aware of the definition of “goods of Iranian origin” under the ITR. Under the ITR, goods “of Iranian origin” not only include goods grown, produced, manufactured, extracted, or processed in Iran but also goods which have entered into the stream of commerce in Iran. Therefore, foodstuffs and carpets of third-country origin which are transshipped through Iran become goods of Iranian origin under the ITR and thus prohibited from importation into the US.

For more information regarding OFAC and strategies on maintaining compliance with federal regulations, please contact Fuerst Ittleman at 305-350-5690 or contact@fidjlaw.com.