Sanctions Profile: Iran

At a glance

UN sanctions on Iran were first imposed in 2006, by UN Security Council Resolution 1737, in response to “the proliferation risks presented by the Iranian nuclear programme” and “by Iran’s continuing failure to meet the requirements of the International Atomic Energy Agency Board of Governors”. The sanctions comprised a ban on exports to Iran of nuclear-related materials and technology, as well as a targeted asset freeze and travel monitoring for those linked to the regime’s nuclear programme.

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OFAC reaches $4.1m settlement with Berkshire Hathaway Inc

OFAC has announced that Berkshire Hathaway, Inc, a Nebraska based multinational conglomerate holding company, has agreed to pay $4,144,651 (on behalf of itself and its Turkish subsidiary Iscar Kesici Takim Ticareti ve Imalati Limited Sirket) to settle civil liability for 144 violations of the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations (ITSR), which took place between 2012 and 2016. Despite changes to …

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Chinese, Hong Kong entities and individuals listed for IRISL dealings

OFAC has designated 6 entities and 2 individuals pursuant to Executive Order 13382 (counter-proliferation sanctions) for conduct relating to the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Line (IRISL) and its Shanghai-based subsidiary, E-Sail Shipping Company Ltd, which have been designated entities since 8 June 2020. Notice and State Department press release. The sanctioned entities, Reach Holding Group (Shanghai) Company Ltd, Reach …

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Iranian CEO sentenced to 23 months’ imprisonment for violating sanctions

We reported in June 2020 that an Iranian CEO of a financial services company, who had been extradited to the US from the UK, had pleaded guilty to 1 count of conspiracy to defraud the US by violating trade and export restrictions against Iran. Seyed Sajjad Shahidian has now been sentenced to 23 months’ imprisonment. Mr Shahidian established a scheme …

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EU Commission guidance on Covid-19 humanitarian aid to Iran & Venezuela

The EU Commission has expanded its guidance on the provision of Covid 19-related humanitarian aid and medical assistance to countries subject to EU sanctions to include Iran and Venezuela. The Commission published the first chapter of the guidance in May 2020, which covered Syria (see post). As in the Syria guidance, the note provides clarity on what constitutes humanitarian relief, …

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EU Commission launches Due Diligence Helpdesk & Sanctions Tool for SMEs

The EU Commission has launched 2 online platforms, both of which are free of charge, to support small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) interested in doing business with Iran. Press release here. The Due Diligence Helpdesk features an analysis tool which carries out due diligence, and checks whether specific business projects comply with EU sanctions. It will also publish guidance, and …

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Current Sanctions

EU UK

Consolidated - Blocking Statute

Council Regulation (EC) No 2271/96

Parent - Blocking Statute

Council Regulation (EC) No 2271/96

Amended by:

Parliament and Council Regulation (EU) No 37/2014

Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2018/1100

Consolidated - Nuclear Proliferation / WMD

Council Regulation (EU) No 267/2012

Parent Regulation - Nuclear Proliferation / WMD

Council Regulation (EU) No 267/2012

Amended by:

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 350/2012

Council Regulation (EU) No 708/2012

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 709/2012

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 945/2012

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1016/2012

Council Regulation (EU) No 1067/2012

Council Regulation (EU) No 1263/2012

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1264/2012

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 522/2013

Council Regulation (EU) No 517/2013

Council Regulation (EU) No 971/2013

Council Regulation (EU) No 1154/2013

Council Regulation (EU) No 1203/2013

Council Regulation (EU) No 1361/2013

Council Regulation (EU) No 42/2014

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 397/2014

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1202/2014

Council Regulation (EU) 2015/229

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/230

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/549

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 2015/1001

Council Regulation (EU) No 2015/1327

Council Regulation (EU) No 2015/1328

Council Regulation (EU) 2015/1861

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/1862

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/2204

Council Regulation (EU) 2016/31

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/74

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/603

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1375

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/77

Council Regulation (EU) 2017/964

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1124

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/827

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/855

Consolidated - Nuclear Proliferation / WMD

Council Decision 2010/413/CFSP

Parent Decison - Nuclear Proliferation / WMD

Council Decision 2010/413/CFSP

Amended by:

Council Decision 2010/644/CFSP

Council Decision 2011/299/CFSP

Council Decision 2011/783/CFSP

Council Decision 2012/35/CFSP

Council Decision 2012/152/CFSP

Council Decision 2012/169/CFSP

Council Decision 2012/205/CFSP

Council Decision 2012/457/CFSP

Council Decision 2012/635/CFSP

Council Decision 2012/687/CFSP

Council Decision 2012/829/CFSP

Council Decision 2013/270/CFSP

Council Decision 2013/497/CFSP

Council Decision 2013/661/CFSP

Council Decision 2013/685/CFSP

Council Decision 2014/21/CFSP

Council Decision 2014/222/CFSP

Council Decision 2014/480/CFSP

Council Decision 2014/776/CSFP

Council Decision 2014/829/CSFP

Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/236

Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/556

Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/1008

Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/1050

Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/1099

Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/1130

Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/1148

Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/1336

Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/1337

Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/1863

Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/2216

Council Decision (CFSP) 2016/35

Council Decision (CFSP) 2016/36

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2016/78

Council Decision (CFSP) 2016/609

Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/83

Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/974

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2017/1127

Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/833

Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/870

Consolidated - Human Rights

Council Regulation (EU) No 359/2011

Parent Regulation - Human Rights

Council Regulation (EU) No 359/2011

Amended by:

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1002/2011

Council Regulation (EU) No 264/2012

Council Regulation (EU) No 1245/2012

Council Regulation (EU) No 206/2013

Council Regulation (EU) No 517/2013

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 371/2014

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/548

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/556

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/685

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/565

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/560

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/510

Consolidated - Human Rights

Council Decision 2011/235/CFSP

Parent Decision - Human Rights

Council Decision 2011/235/CFSP

Amended by:

Council Implementing Decision 2011/670

Council Decision 2012/168/CFSP

Council Decision 2012/810/CFSP

Council Decision 2013/124/CFSP

Council Decision 2014/205/CSFP

Council Decision 2015/555/CSFP

Council Decision (CFSP) 2016/565

Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/689

Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/568

Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/562

Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/512

The Iran (Asset-Freezing) Regulations 2011 (SI 2011/1129)

The Iran (European Union Financial Sanctions) Regulations 2016 (SI 2016/36)

The Export Control (Iran Sanctions) Order 2016 (SI 2016/503)

Extraterritorial US Legislation (Sanctions against Cuba, Iran and Libya) (Protection of Trading Interests) (Amendment) Order 2018