OFAC Venezuela Sanctions FAQ: Questions 14 and up


Do I need a specific license from OFAC to send U.S.-origin food or medicine to Venezuela?

No, as long as your transaction or other dealing does not involve property or interests in property of a Specially Designated National. That said, you should make sure that your proposed export is authorized by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”), which maintains jurisdiction over the export of items to Venezuela. For further guidance regarding the exportation of items to Venezuela, contact BIS by phone at (202) 482-4252.

I want to provide long-term financing to the Government of Venezuela to help with the exportation or reexportation of agricultural commodities, medicine, medical devices, components, or replacement parts and components for medical devices to Venezuela. Is that allowed?

Yes. General License 4 authorizes all financing and other dealings in new debt related to the exportation or reexportation of agricultural commodities, medicine, medical devices, components, or replacement parts for medical devices, to Venezuela, or to persons in third countries purchasing specifically for resale to Venezuela, provided that the exportation or reexportation is licensed or otherwise authorized by the Department of Commerce. Note, however, that General License 4 does not otherwise authorize any transaction that is prohibited by E.O. of August 24, 2017, E.O. 13692, or any part of 31 C.F.R. Chapter V.

Other than through the existing general licenses, under what circumstances might U.S. persons be authorized to deal in new debt of greater than 30 or 90 days issued by the Government of Venezuela?

In the Lima Declaration of August 8, 2017, twelve countries across the Americas refused to recognize the Constituent Assembly or the laws it adopts because of its illegitimate nature, while at the same time fully backing the democratically elected National Assembly. We stand in solidarity with our friends and allies in the region. If the democratically elected Venezuelan National Assembly approved a new debt issuance by the Government of Venezuela that E.O. of August 24, 2017 would prohibit U.S. persons from dealing in, the United States would consider using licensing authority to allow U.S. persons to deal in the issuance. 

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