Sanctions Profile: Sudan

At a glance

The UN first imposed sanctions on Sudan in 2004, by UN Security Council Resolution 1556, in response to the ongoing armed conflict in Sudan’s Darfur region. It imposed an arms embargo on all non-governmental entities operating in Darfur, which was expanded to cover all parties to the N’djamena Ceasefire Agreement and to include asset freezes and travel bans in 2005, by UN Security Council Resolution 1591.

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OFAC publishes 8th Biennial Report for licensing activities

OFAC has published a Biennial Report of licensing activities pursuant to Section 906(c) of the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000 (TSRA), which covers activities undertaken by OFAC from October 2014 to September 2016. The report focuses on licence applications requesting authorisation to export agricultural commodities, medicine, and medical devices to Iran […]

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US sanctions Sudan former NISS director for human rights violations

The US Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, has imposed a travel ban on Salah Abdalla Mohamed Mohamed Salih, known as Salah Gosh, the former director of Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) under Section 7031(c) of the FY 2019 Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2019. Mr Gosh has been […]


OFAC issues Findings of Violation to 1 shipping and 1 aviation company

OFAC has issued 2 separate Findings of Violation to DNI Express Shipping Company and to Southern Cross Aviation, both of which have violated § 501.602 of the Reporting Procedures and Penalties Regulations 31 C.F.R. part 501. OFAC Notice. DNI provided a subpoena response during OFAC’s investigation into the shipment of farm equipment to Sudan (prohibited […]

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New claim against Standard Chartered for sanctions violations

We reported in April that Standard Chartered had agreed a $1.1bn settlement with OFAC and various other US and UK authorities for sanctions violations relating to Burma/Myanmar, Cuba, Iran, Sudan, and Syria (see previous blog). The bank is now subject to a new civil claim, brought by a former senior employee of Standard Chartered and […]

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Canada investigating lobbying firm for breaches of Sudan sanctions

The Canadian Global Affairs department has asked the police service (RCMP) to investigate possible violations of Canada’s sanctions regime by a Montreal-based lobbying firm, Dickens & Madson, which signed a $6m contract with Sudan’s military regime. The Canadian Global Affairs department also said the company may have violated the Sudan arms embargo pursuant to SOR/2004-197.


Current Sanctions



Council Regulation (EU) No 747/2014

Parent Regulation

Council Regulation (EC) No 747/2014

Amended by:

Council Implementing Regulation (EC) 2017/401

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1942

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/512


Council Decision 2014/450/CFSP

Parent Decison

Council Decision 2014/450/CFSP

Amended by:

Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/413

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2017/1948

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/516

The Sudan (Asset Freezing) Regulations 2012 (SI 2012/1507)

The Sudan (European Union Financial Sanctions) Regulations 2014 (SI 2014/1826)