On 19 January, OFAC advised the following changes to its sanctions regimes –
- State Department designated Ansarallah as a Foreign Terrorist Organization and as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, and it has been added to the SDN & Blocked Persons List;
- It also designated three of Ansarallah’s leaders as Specially Designated Global Terrorists;
- OFAC issued 4 General Licenses – 9 Official Business of the United States Government; 10 Official Activities of Certain International Organizations; 11 Certain Transactions in Support of Nongovernmental Organizations’ Activities in Yemen; and 12 Transactions Related to the Exportation or Reexportation of Agricultural Commodities, Medicine, Medical Devices, Replacement Parts and Components or Software Updates;
- 3 related FAQ which, with the Licenses, are said to be to help facilitate the uninterrupted flow of humanitarian assistance, including COVID-19-related assistance, and certain other critical commodities to the people of Yemen that would otherwise be prohibited pursuant to authorities administered by OFAC;
- 3 individuals added to SDN List (a Swiss, Italian and a Venezuelan national);
- 16 entities are added to the SDN List, including Ansarallah (see above);
- 7 vessels were added to the SDN List (including Russian ship Fortuna, currently engaged in building the Nord Stream 2 pipeline); and
- 3 existing entries for individuals are amended.
The 3 individuals, 14 of the entities, and 6 of the vessels are designated for their ties to a network attempting to evade US sanctions on Venezuela’s oil sector, including Swissoil, which is based in Geneva.
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