On 10th April, the “Sanctions Explorer” search tool became available.  As the OFAC SDN list is difficult to search, C4DS has redesigned the experience of searching the SDN list, providing access to all of the same data with a vastly improved interface and additional features to streamline the investigative process –

Want to find all businesses related to North Korea? What about individuals whose Chinese names can be transliterated to English in multiple ways?  With fuzzy/inexact matching, items that might have previously gone unfound will no longer slip through the cracks. Our search is forgiving of typos and alternate spellings or transliterations.  We also provide a number of additional filters, especially in regards to location (nationality, citizenship, place of birth, etc). There are also filters to find all entities who are linked to a country (“Related to Country”) as well as a date-of-sanction filter.

The US Treasury releases additional context and justification behind sanctions via press releases that accompany updates to the SDN list. These are indexed & searchable via the Sanctions Explorer platform as well.  It will also attempt to display all relevant press releases that the target name appears in.  Non-Latin aliases (mostly in Cyrillic, Chinese, Japanese, and Arabic) are also available.  Search results can also be downloaded as a CSV file, to be opened in Excel or imported into another tool.  Delisted individuals will NOT show up in the regular search results. However, they may be found by searching their name or other identifying information using the press release search, since the US Treasury will have published a notification of their listing/delisting.

The platform seems extremely useful and is recommended.





Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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