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The Export Controls & Sanction Manager - Edition 8 - 2023 - Week 50

Stay Ahead of the Game: Key Insights from The Export Controls & Sanction Manager Edition 8 for Week 50 of 2023 - the last of 2023!

Welcome to the last "The Export Controls & Sanctions" Manager Magazine of the year. It's the perfect resource to help you stay fully compliant with export controls and sanctions laws across multiple jurisdictions. Don't miss out on our winter-themed edition and be confident in your compliance efforts - take a look today. We are a day late because we took a little more time to include the information on the latest sanctions packages of the EU and UK.

We are taking a break until 9 January 2024, and we look forward to serving you then and covering everything that happened between 21 December 2023 and 8 January 2024!

Wishing you a joyous and festive Merry Christmas and a prosperous and fulfilling Happy New Year in the year 2024!

Period covered 13.12 -20.12.2023


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⇒ EU Export Controls

Updated EU Dual-Use Control List Comes Into Force”

The European Commission’s 2024 list of controlled dual-use items (proposed on 15 September 2023) has now come into force. The updates concern the control parameters for manufacturing equipment, high-performance computers and lasers, propulsion motors for submersible vehicles, and aircraft engines. We are proving you all the details and information of the changes so you can export compliantly

⇒ UK Export Controls

Report of the 2023 UK ECJU Export Control Symposium

The 2023 ECJU Export Control Symposium was a highly anticipated event that brought together experts, policymakers, and industry leaders in the field of export control. We report on the main results and share PowerPoint Presentations for download.

⇒ U.S Export Controls

13 companies added to the U.S. EAR Unverified List

Implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention

 Legitimate Commercial Chemical, Biotechnology, and Pharmaceutical Activities Involving Schedule 1 Chemicals (including Schedule 1 Chemicals produced as Intermediates) During Calendar Year 2023. Date: 20 Dec 2023; Permalink


Sanctions Updates

The EU, UK and US implement extensive sanctions laws. These rules provide processes for producing lists of individuals and businesses subject to asset freeze targets and financial and investment restrictions. Businesses must stay up to date with the latest sanctions rules to avoid accidental non-compliance. Read the collection of all articles we have written on this topic here

⇒ EU Sanctions Updates

EU Sanctions Against Russia: Content of the 12th Sanctions Package

The 12th round of sanctions against Russia has been adopted by the EU. It applies from 1 January 2024. This package aims to address loopholes, fight sanctions circumvention, and impose more import and export limitations on Russia.

EU Sanctions Against Russia: Full Guide (Updated)

Get a complete overview of EU sanctions against Russia, including the latest updates and a breakdown of each sanctions package. Date of last update 19.12.2023

EU: Consolidated Sanctions List of Persons, Groups, Entities, and Organisations (Sanctions) - Update

Discover the ultimate resource for EU sanctions: Download the consolidated list of persons, groups, and entities subject to sanctions. Date of last update 20.12.2023

EU Takes Action Against Sanctions Violations: Two New Initiatives Funded

Two new measures of the "Freeze and Seize" Task Force have reached political approval. We explain what this is all about.

⇒ UK Sanctions Updates

What You Need to Know About the UK's New Sanctions Against Russia

Regulations 2023: The Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) (Amendment) (No. 4) and The Russia (Sanctions) (Events) (Amendment) (No. 5) of Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 were amended by the UK government on December 14, 2023 to further restrict goods, technology, and funding sources that the UK government believes could be used to support Russia's war against Ukraine. The majority of the changes went into effect on December 15, 2023, with a few going into effect on December 26, 2023, and January 1, 2024.

Joint-Stock Commercial Bank Novikombank entry added, 27 entries amended on the consolidated list (19.12.2023)

The Joint-Stock Commercial Bank Novikombank (Group ID: 16337)has been added and 27 entries have been amended under the Russia financial sanctions regime. The Joint-Stock Commercial Bank Novikombank is now subject to an asset freeze, prohibitions on correspondent banking relationships and trust services sanctions. Details of the entity listings and amendments here.

7 entries added to the consolidated list

On 13 December 2023 the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office updated the UK Sanctions List . 7 entries have been added to the Counter-Terrorism (International) financial sanctions regime and are now subject to an asset freeze. You can access all the regimes that the uk has issued sanctions for here including links to latest updates.

OFSI General Licences updated

On 15 December 2023, OFSI updated the following General Licences to also permit activity that would otherwise breach the prohibitions in Regulation 17A of the Russia Regulations:

  • Transactions Related to Agricultural Commodities Including the Provision of Insurance and Other Services

  • Payments to Utility Companies for Gas and Electricity by UK Designated Persons who Own Payments to Companies House

  • Permitted Payments to UK Insurance Companies

  • Charities and Interim Managers and Trustees

  • Russia Travel for UK Nationals

  • Provision of Navigational Data to Civilian Aircrafts for Flight Safety

  • Prior Obligations

  • LCIA Payments

  • Payment to Water Companies for Water and Sewage

  • Legal Services

  • Emergency Payment(s) Directly or via an Intermediary to Belaeronavigatsia for Air Traffic Services

New UK Russia import sanctions updated

UK import sanctions against Russia were updated to reflect the implementation of new import sanctions measures relating to certain metals and diamond products. Our blog entry provides an overview of the import prohibitions in force on certain goods imported into the UK, including Northern Ireland, that have originated in or have been consigned from the territory covered by what is now the Russian Federation and non-government-controlled Ukrainian territory. It also sets out the licensing process for traders looking to import goods subject to prohibitions.

UK Guidance on third-country processed iron and steel measures Updated

Find out about the guide to relevant Russian iron and steel processed in third countries only, and the evidence traders need to provide to demonstrate compliance. It does not discuss other prohibitions (including other measures related to Russian iron and steel, except for the section on reuseable packaging under the GeneralTrade Licence).

Iran: First Designations under new UK sanctions law

The first round of sanctions under the new government targets the commander of Iran's Quds Force, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), as well as anybody connected to Iran's support of Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas. In agreement with the US, the new sanctions also place more limitations on Iran's drone project and shipping. The UK now has a great deal more authority to stop Iran's hostile actions both domestically and internationally thanks to the new sanctions framework. Read More....

The imposition of further sanctions by the UK on Iran has greatly increased the UK's ability to hold Iran and its leaders responsible.

OFSI publishes annual review 2022-2023

OFSI has published its annual review for the financial year 2022-2023, outlining (OFSI blog post): new sanctions which have been introduced in the last year, including new ransomware sanctions;

800 designated persons were added to the consolidated list;

as of April 2023, OFSI’s enforcement unit had 172 cases under live investigation;

OFSI recorded 473 suspected breaches of financial sanctions;

⇒ U.S. Sanctions Updates

U.S. Sanctions on Russia: A Look at the US Treasury's Impact Analysis

The US Treasury described how sanctions impact Russia's economy and offered policy recommendations on how to react. Read here

Treasury Targets Transnational Corruption

OFAC sanctioned two former Afghan government officials — Mir Rahman Rahmani (M. Rahmani) and his son, Ajmal Rahmani (A. Rahmani), collectively known as “the Rahmanis” — for their extensive roles in transnational corruption, as well as 44 associated entities.

The US names people and organisations associated with Russia's military-industrial complex.

Targeting third-country suppliers and procurement networks, OFAC has identified more than 150 people and organisations for allegedly providing Russia's military-industrial base. These people and organisations include:

  • a network of PRC-based companies headed by Hu Xiaoxun that purchases weapons made in China and supplies Russia with electronics and satellite photography technology;

  • 7 Turkish companies that reportedly sent top-priority goods to producers in Russia;

  • 8 UAE-based companies that have supplied Russia with materials, parts, and components for aircraft

Russia-related Designations and Designations Updates; Issuance of Russia-related General Licenses

OFAC is issuing Russia-related General License 79, "Authorizing the Wind Down of Transactions Involving Certain Entities Blocked on December 12, 2023," and Russia-related General License 80, "Authorizing Certain Transactions Related to Debt or Equity of, or Derivative Contracts Involving, Highland Gold Mining Limited." See more

U.S. And UK Target Additional Hamas Finance Officials and Representatives

OFAC imposed a fourth round of sanctions on Hamas since the October 7 terrorist attack on Israel. The action targets key officials who perpetuate Hamas’s violent agenda by representing the group’s interests abroad and managing its finances. OFAC closely coordinated with the United Kingdom to concurrently designate several key Hamas officials.

Other OFAC action

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  • U.S. and U.K. Target IRGC-QF Support to Hamas and Other Proxy Groups

  • Treasury Sanctions Human Smuggling and Drug Trafficking Organization Operating on Southwest Border

  • Malas Manas chart

Burma General Licences 3 and 4 in the Federal Register

Publication of Burma Sanctions Regulations Web General Licenses 3 and 4 in 88 FR 87714, 19 Dec 2023. OFAC is publishing two general licenses (GLs) issued pursuant to the Burma Sanctions Regulations: GLs 3 and 4, each of which was previously made available on OFAC's website. GLs 3 and 4 were issued on March 25, 2021.

Publication of Syria-Related Sanctions Regulations Web General Licenses 1, 2, and 3 in 88 FR 87715, 19 Dec 2023

OFAC is publishing three general licenses (GLs) issued pursuant to the Syria-Related Sanctions Regulations: GLs 1, 2, and 3, each of which were previously made available on OFAC's website. GLs 1, 2, and 3 were issued on October 14, 2019.


Designation as Terrorist or Global Terrorist

Mohamed Ali Nkalubo and Ahmed Mahamud Hassan Aliyani Date: 20 Dec 2023; Permalink

Update of the latest SDN list (20.12.2023)


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  • Official Journal of the EU

  • DG TRADE Website

  • Social Media (LinkedIn, Twitter, etc).

  • Information on the National Export Control & Sanctions Website of Member States


  • Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS)

  • Department of Commerce

  • Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC)

  • Social Media (LinkedIn, Twitter, etc).


  • Information on

  • Information on

  • Department of Business and Trade

  • Social Media (LinkedIn, Twitter, etc).


  • United Nations (Sanctions)

  • Social Media (LinkedIn, Twitter, etc).

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