Sanctions Profile: Somalia

At a glance

The UN imposed an arms embargo on Somalia in 1992, by UN Security Council Resolution 733, which the EU implemented in 2002 by Common Position 2002/960/CFSP and then Council Regulation (EC) No 147/2003. The arms embargo was introduced in response to violent conflict in the country.

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OFAC issues amended Somalia Sanctions Regulations

  OFAC has published a final rule to amend and reissue the Somalia Sanctions Regulations, 31 C.F.R. part 551. The final rule replaces the abbreviated version of the regulations that was published in 2010, and includes additional interpretive and definitional guidance, general licences, and other regulatory provisions. See Notice.


UNSC adds 3 Al-Shabaab leaders to Somalia sanctions list

The UNSC sanctions committee concerning Somalia has added 3 senior members of Al-Shabaab to its sanctions list for “engaging in or providing support for acts that threaten the peace, security or stability of Somalia”, including acts that threaten the Djibouti peace agreement, or threaten the Somalian transitional government or African Union Mission by force. The listed people are: Ali Adan …


UK publishes Libya sanctions regs & guidance on 11 sanctions regimes

The UK government has published The Libya (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/1665), which replace the EU sanctions regime relating to Libya. The UK has also issued guidance on the regulations, which includes information on asset freezes, partial asset freezes, interest, oil aboard UN-designated ships, and ownership and control. See explanatory memorandum, and reports under section 2(4) of the …

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UNSC renews Somalia panel of experts & arms embargo exemptions

The UN Security Council has adopted resolution 2251 (2020), which renews the mandate of the Panel of Experts on Somalia, and the partial lifting of the arms embargo until 15 December 2021. Exports of arms and the delivery of technical advice, financial assistance or training for Somali security forces are exempt from the arms embargo. However, weapons and military equipment supplied …


UN Panel of Experts publishes annual report on Somalia sanctions

The Panel of Experts appointed to the United Nations Security Council Committee concerning Somalia has published its annual report. The Panel: Recommended that the Committee ensure that the Somalia sanctions list comprehensively reflects the threat posed by Al-Shabaab and the ISIL faction in Somalia, and use all the listing criteria at their disposal; Reported that Al-Shabaab is using domestic bank …

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Current Sanctions



Council Regulation (EC) No 147/2003

Parent Regulation

Council Regulation (EC) No 147/2003

Amended by:

Council Regulation (EC) No 631/2007

Council Regulation (EU) No 1137/2010

Council Regulation (EU) No 642/2012

Council Regulation (EU) No 941/2012

Council Regulation (EU) No 431/2013

Council Regulation (EU) No 517/2013

Council Regulation (EU) No 1153/2013

Council Regulation (EU) No 478/2014


Council Regulation (EU) No 356/2010

Parent Regulation

Council Regulation (EU) No 356/2010

Amended by:

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 956/2011

Council Regulation (EU) No 641/2012

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 943/2012

Council Regulation (EU) No 432/2013

Council Regulation (EU) No 517/2013

Council Regulation (EU) No 1104/2014

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/325

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/2044

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/395

Council Regulation (EU) 2017/2415

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/413

Council Regulation (EU) 2018/1933

Council Regulation (EU) 2020/169

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/559

Council Regulation (EU) 2021/48


Council Decision 2010/231/CFSP

Parent Decision

Council Decision 2010/231/CFSP

Amended by:

Council Decision 2011/635/CFSP

Council Decision 2012/388/CFSP

Council Decision 2012/633/CFSP

Council Decision 2013/201/CFSP

Council Decision 2013/659/CFSP

Council Decision 2014/270/CFSP

Council Implementing Decision 2014/729/CFSP

Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/335

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2015/337

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2015/2053

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2017/398

Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/2427

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/417

Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/1945

Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/170

Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/54

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2021/560

The Somalia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/624)