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OFAC adds to Iran oil sanctions (and updates a Belarus listing)

Today, OFAC added the following individuals:

RAJABIESLAMI, Morteza (a.k.a. AL-ZAHIR, Rajabi Ali; a.k.a. ESLAMI, Mortaza Rajabi; a.k.a. RAJABI, Morteza), #2007, 20th Floor, Grand Hyatt Residence, Qudmetha St., Dubai 7167, United Arab Emirates; DOB 05 Jul 1969; POB Tehran, Iran; nationality Iran; citizen Saint Kitts and Nevis; Additional Sanctions Information - Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Gender Male; Personal ID Card 166730510001 (United Kingdom) (individual) [IRAN-EO13846] (Linked To: NAFTIRAN INTERTRADE CO. (NICO) LIMITED). 

SANCHULI, Mahdieh (a.k.a. SANCHOULI, Mahdieh; a.k.a. SANCHOULI, Mahdieh Hossien Ali), Dubai, United Arab Emirates; DOB 06 Sep 1977; POB Zahedan, Iran; nationality Iran; citizen Iran; Additional Sanctions Information - Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Gender Female; Passport I95763162 (Iran) expires 06 Jul 2019; alt. Passport T96326639 (Iran) (individual) [IRAN-EO13846] (Linked To: NAFTIRAN INTERTRADE CO. (NICO) LIMITED).

And entities:

ALI ALMUTAWA PETROLEUM AND PETROCHEMICAL TRADING L.L.C. (Arabic: علي المطوع لتجارة البترول والبتروكيماويات ذ.م.م), Office No. M02-M06, City Gate Bldg, Bin Ham Properties, Port Saeed, Dubai, Deira, United Arab Emirates; Additional Sanctions Information - Subject to Secondary Sanctions; License 880522 (United Arab Emirates); Economic Register Number (CBLS) 11502399 (United Arab Emirates) [IRAN-EO13846] (Linked To: TRILIANCE PETROCHEMICAL CO. LTD.). 

EAST OCEAN RASHIN SHIPPING CO (a.k.a. EAST OCEAN RASHIN (Arabic: راشین اقیانون شرق); a.k.a. EAST RASHIN OCEAN CO., LTD.; a.k.a. RASHIN OCEAN EAST CO., LTD.), Central Part, Enterpreneurial Neighborhood, Salehi Street, Golestan Street, No. 0, Lian Building Ground Floor, Unit 1, Assaluyeh City, Bushehr Province 75119757543, Iran; Central Part, Laneh Square, Jomhuri Eslami Street, Sadaf Alley, No. 0, Armin 2 Building, Second Floor, Unit 7, Assaluyeh City, Bushehr Province 7511934725, Iran; National ID No. 14008898707 (Iran); Registration Number 38 (Iran) [IRAN-EO13846].

EDGAR COMMERCIAL SOLUTIONS FZE (Arabic: ایدجار کومیرشال سولیوشنز م م ح), P2-ELOB Office No. E-08F-26, Hamriyah Free Zone, United Arab Emirates; Additional Sanctions Information - Subject to Secondary Sanctions; License 18865 (United Arab Emirates); Economic Register Number (CBLS) 11582964 (United Arab Emirates) [IRAN-EO13846] (Linked To: PERSIAN GULF PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY COMMERCIAL CO.).

EMERALD GLOBAL FZE (a.k.a. "EMERALD FZE" (Arabic: "امیرالد م م ح")), P3-E-LOB, Hamryah Free Zone, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates; E-LOB Office No E-68F-15, United Arab Emirates; Additional Sanctions Information - Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Commercial Registry Number 11579352 (United Arab Emirates); Registration Number 13108 (United Arab Emirates) [IRAN-EO13846] (Linked To: NAFTIRAN INTERTRADE CO. (NICO) LIMITED).

EVERWIN SHIPMANAGEMENT PTE. LTD., 49 Stirling Road #01-495, 141049, Singapore; Identification Number IMO 6175917; Registration Number 202024102G (Singapore) [IRAN-EO13846].

JAM PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY (Arabic: شرکت پتروشیمی جم سهامی عام) (a.k.a. JAM PETROCHEMICAL COMPLEX), Pars Special Economic Energy Zone, Jam Petrochemical Co,, Assaluyeh, Boushehr Province 75118-11368, Iran; No. 27 Nezami St., Tavanir Ave, Tehran 1434853114, Iran; Website https://www.jpcomplex.ir; Additional Sanctions Information - Subject to Secondary Sanctions; National ID No. 10100777300 (Iran); Registration Number 32285 (Iran) [IRAN-EO13846] (Linked To: IRAN PETROCHEMICAL COMMERCIAL COMPANY).

LUSTRO INDUSTRY LIMITED, Hong Kong, China; Additional Sanctions Information - Subject to Secondary Sanctions; C.R. No. 2929380 (Hong Kong) [IRAN-EO13846] (Linked To: PERSIAN GULF PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY COMMERCIAL CO.).

OLIGEI INTERNATIONAL TRADING CO., LIMITED, Flat H29, 1/F Phase 2 Kwai Shing Ind Bldg, No. 42-46, Tai Lin Pai Rd., Kwai Chung NT, Hong Kong, China; Additional Sanctions Information - Subject to Secondary Sanctions; C.R. No. 2953973 (Hong Kong) [IRAN-EO13846] (Linked To: PERSIAN GULF PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY COMMERCIAL CO.).

PERSIAN GULF STAR OIL COMPANY (Arabic: شرکت نفت ستاره خالیج فارس) (a.k.a. NAFT SETAREH KHALIJ FARS (Arabic: نفت ستره خالج فارس شرکت سهامی خاس); a.k.a. PERSIAN GULF STAR OIL (Arabic: نفت سیتاره خالیج فارس); a.k.a. PERSIAN GULF STAR REFINERY; a.k.a. "P.G.S.O.C."), Davoodieh, Vaziripour Street, Kavoosi Street, Number 14, Grand Building, 1st Floor, Unit 3, Tehran 15469-14411, Iran; No. 30 Western Roodsar Alley, Hafez Street, Taleghani Avenue, Tehran, Iran; 13 km from Bandar Abbas to Bandar Khumir, Sardar Shahid Ghasem Soleimani Boulevard, Oil Field, Self-Sufficiency Boulevard, Persian Gulf Oil Star Company, Bandar Abbas 7931181183, Iran; Website https://www.pgsoc.ir; National ID No. 10103244425 (Iran); Identification Number 11010103244425 (Iran); Registration Number 287889 (Iran) [IRAN-EO13846].

PETROGAT FZE (Arabic: بیترو غات م.م.ح), Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates; Additional Sanctions Information - Subject to Secondary Sanctions; License 5017709 (United Arab Emirates) expires 01 Mar 2020 [IRAN-EO13846] (Linked To: NAFTIRAN INTERTRADE CO. (NICO) LIMITED).

PETROKICK LLC (Arabic: بتروكيك ذ م م), Sharjah Media City, Al Messanad, Al Bataeh, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates; Additional Sanctions Information - Subject to Secondary Sanctions; License 1905792.01 (United Arab Emirates); Economic Register Number (CBLS) 11600198 (United Arab Emirates) [IRAN-EO13846] (Linked To: BEHRAN OIL CO.).

TRUONG PHAT LOC SHIPPING TRADING JOINT STOCK COMPANY (a.k.a. CONG TY CO PHAN THUONG MAI VAN TAI BIEN TRUONG PHAT LOC; a.k.a. TPL SHIPPING; a.k.a. TPL SHIPPING JSC; a.k.a. TRUONG PHAT LOC SHIPPING TRDG), 422, Dao Tri, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; 422, Dao Tri, Phu Thuan Ward, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Website https://www.tplshipping.com/; Identification Number IMO 5479491; Company Number 0309613530 (Vietnam); Business Registration Number 4103015716 (Vietnam) [IRAN-EO13846].

ZAGROS TARABARAN-E ARYA (Arabic: زاگرس ترابران آریا) (a.k.a. ZAGROS TARABARAN ARIA INTERNATIONAL TRANSPORTATION CO. (Arabic: شرکت زاگرس ترابران شاپور خواست)), Khorramabad 6814178509, Iran; Km of Kuhdasht Road, Next to Lorestan Petrochemical, Industrial Town No. 2, Service and 15 Technology Building, 6814178509, Iran; National ID No. 10740087913 (Iran); Commercial Registry Number 9568 (Iran) [IRAN-EO13846].

to their Iran-related sanctions program – and vessels, too:

BS BRAVO (TRA065) Chemical/Oil Tanker Gabon flag (Truong Phat Loc Shipping Trading); Vessel Registration Identification IMO 9294795; MMSI 626061000 (vessel) [IRAN-EO13846] (Linked To: TRUONG PHAT LOC SHIPPING TRADING JOINT STOCK COMPANY). 

SUMMER 5 (f.k.a. EVERRICH 5) (3FLY5) Chemical/Oil Tanker Panama flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 9204805; MMSI 356746000 (vessel) [IRAN-EO13846] (Linked To: TRUONG PHAT LOC SHIPPING TRADING JOINT STOCK COMPANY).

They also updated the following:

BELARUSIAN OIL TRADE HOUSE (a.k.a. B.O.T.H.; a.k.a. BELARUSIAN OIL TRADING HOUSE; a.k.a. BELARUSIAN OIL TRADING HOUSE REPUBLICAN SUBSIDIARY UNITARY ENTERPRISE; a.k.a. BELARUSIAN OIL TRADING HOUSE REPUBLICAN UNITARY SUBSIDIARY; a.k.a. UE BELARUSIAN OIL TRADE HOUSE; a.k.a. UNITED TRADING SITE; a.k.a. WWW.BNTD.BY; a.k.a. WWW.BNTDTORG.BY), Prospect Dzerzhinskogo, 73, Minsk 220116, Belarus; 73 Derzhinskiy Ave., Minsk 220116, Belarus; Dzerzhinsky Avenue, 73, Minsk 220116, Belarus; Business Registration Document # UNP 101119568 (Belarus) [BELARUS]. -to- BELARUSIAN OIL TRADE HOUSE (a.k.a. BELARUSIAN OIL TRADING HOUSE; a.k.a. BELARUSIAN OIL TRADING HOUSE REPUBLICAN SUBSIDIARY UNITARY ENTERPRISE; a.k.a. BELARUSIAN OIL TRADING HOUSE REPUBLICAN UNITARY SUBSIDIARY; a.k.a. UE BELARUSIAN OIL TRADE HOUSE; a.k.a. "B.O.T.H."; a.k.a. "UNITED TRADING SITE"), Prospect Dzerzhinskogo, 73, Minsk 220116, Belarus; 73 Derzhinskiy Ave., Minsk 220116, Belarus; Dzerzhinsky Avenue, 73, Minsk 220116, Belarus; Website WWW.BNTDTORG.BY; alt. Website WWW.BNTD.BY; Business Registration Document # UNP 101119568 (Belarus) [BELARUS]. 

Belarus sanctions designation.

And Treasury:

PRESS RELEASES

Treasury Targets Iranian Oil and Petrochemical Trade Network

July 6, 2022

WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned an international network of individuals and entities that has used a web of Gulf-based front companies to facilitate the delivery and sale of hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of Iranian petroleum and petrochemical products from Iranian companies to East Asia.

“While the United States is committed to achieving an agreement with Iran that seeks a mutual return to compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, we will continue to use all our authorities to enforce sanctions on the sale of Iranian petroleum and petrochemicals,” said Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian E. Nelson.

Today’s action is being taken pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13846 and follows OFAC’s June 16, 2022 designations of an international sanctions evasion network supporting Iranian petrochemical sales. Concurrently with Treasury’s designations, the Department of State imposed sanctions on five entities based in Iran, Vietnam, and Singapore and two vessels pursuant to E.O. 13846 in connection with significant transactions for the sale and transport of petroleum products from Iran, on or after November 5, 2018.

IRANIAN OIL SANCTIONS EVADERS 

Iran-based Jam Petrochemical Company (JPC) has exported hundreds of thousands of metric tons of petrochemical products, worth hundreds of millions of dollars, to companies throughout East Asia. Many of these products were sold to Iran-based Iran Petrochemical Commercial Company (PCC) for onward shipment to the People’s Republic of China (PRC). JPC has aided PCC in facilitating the use of front bank accounts and companies in order to obfuscate the shipment and sale of Iranian origin petrochemicals. By these means, in mid to late 2021, JPC sold hundreds of thousands of metric tons of petrochemicals worth millions of dollars to PCC with the intent to deliver the goods to the PRC and the Philippines. 

PCC was identified pursuant to E.O. 13599 on November 5, 2018, as being wholly owned by the Government of Iran. 

Jam Petrochemical Company is being designated pursuant to E.O. 13846 for, on or after November 5, 2018, having materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services in support of, Iran Petrochemical Commercial Company (PCC).

Edgar Commercial Solutions FZE has purchased and exported hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of petrochemical products from numerous sanctioned Iranian companies, including Persian Gulf Petrochemical Industry Commercial Company (PGPICC) and Arya Sasol Polymer Company, for onward shipment to the PRC. Edgar Commercial Solutions FZE used Hong Kong-based front company Lustro Industry Limited to disguise its role in the bulk purchase of petrochemical products from PGPICC and JPC. Through Lustro Industry Limited, Edgar Commercial Solutions FZE has remitted millions of dollars to Oligei International Trading Co. Limited, a PGPICC front company, for the purchase of petrochemical products from PGPICC. 

PGPICC was designated pursuant to E.O. 13382 on July 7, 2019, for being owned or controlled by Persian Gulf Petrochemical Industry Company (PGPIC). PGPIC was itself designated pursuant to E.O. 13382 that same day for having provided financial support to Khatam al-Anbiya, the engineering conglomerate of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).   

Edgar Commercial Solutions FZE, Lustro Industry Limited, and Oligei International Trading Co., Limited are being designated pursuant to E.O. 13846 for, on or after November 5, 2018, having materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services in support of, PGPICC. 

Treasury-designated Triliance Petrochemical Co. Ltd. (Triliance) has used its UAE-based front company Ali Almutawa Petroleum and Petrochemical Trading L.L.C (Ali Almutawa) to send and receive tens of millions of dollars’ worth of payments related to the sale and purchase of Iranian petroleum products, including gasoline and naphtha.

One of Ali Almutawa’s customers is UAE-based Petrokick LLC, which has purchased tens of millions of dollars’ worth of Iranian petroleum products from the company. Petrokick LLC has also purchased millions of dollars’ worth of oil products from Behran Oil for onward shipment to the UAE. Petrokick LLC has sold hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of Iranian oil products shipped to the UAE.

Triliance was designated pursuant to E.O. 13846 on January 23, 2020, for, on or after November 5, 2018, having materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services in support of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC). 

Behran Oil was designated pursuant to E.O. 13876 for being owned or controlled by, directly or indirectly, Bonyad Mostazafan, a business empire owned by the Supreme Leader and designated pursuant to E.O. 13876.  

Ali Almutawa Petroleum and Petrochemical Trading L.L.C is being designated for, on or after November 5, 2018, having materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services in support of, Triliance. Petrokick LLC is being designated for, on or after November 5, 2018, having materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services in support of, Behran Oil.  

CRUDE OIL AND PETROCHEMICAL EXPORTERS

Since 2019, UAE-based Iranian nationals Morteza Rajabieslami (Rajabieslami) and Mahdieh Sanchuli (Sanchuli) have partnered to export Iranian crude oil and petrochemical products on behalf of Switzerland-based Naftiran Intertrade Company (NICO), the marketing arm of NIOC, through companies and vessels under their control. Rajabieslami owns an extensive network of companies engaged in refining, energy trading, shipping, and bunkering, which have facilitated the shipment of thousands of metric tons of fuel oil worth millions of dollars from Iran. These companies have been involved in contracts valued in the tens of millions of dollars related to the sale of petroleum products from NICO.  

Sanchuli, an experienced petroleum sales facilitator who has served as a representative of UAE-based companies Petrogat FZE and Emerald Global FZE, has purchased from NICO shipments of crude oil worth tens of millions of dollars. Sanchuli has paid NICO tens of millions of dollars on behalf of Petrogat FZE to facilitate multiple shipments of oil from Iran to East Asia for the benefit of NICO.

NICO was identified pursuant to E.O. 13599 on November 26, 2008, for being owned or controlled by the Government of Iran.   

Morteza Rajabieslami, Mahdieh Sanchuli, Petrogat FZE, and Emerald Global FZE are being designated pursuant to E.O. 13846 for, on or after November 5, 2018, having materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services in support of, NICO. 

SANCTIONS IMPLICATIONS

As a result of today’s action, all property and interests in property of these targets that are in the United States or in the possession or control of U.S. persons must be blocked and reported to OFAC. In addition, any entities that are owned, directly or indirectly, 50 percent or more by one or more blocked persons are also blocked. OFAC’s regulations generally prohibit all dealings by U.S. persons or within the United States (including transactions transiting the United States) that involve any property or interests in property of blocked or designated persons.

In addition, persons that engage in certain transactions with the individuals and entities designated today may themselves be exposed to sanctions or subject to an enforcement action. Furthermore, unless an exception applies, any foreign financial institution that knowingly facilitates a significant transaction for any of the individuals or entities designated today could be subject to U.S. sanctions.

The power and integrity of OFAC sanctions derive not only from its ability to designate and add persons to the list of Special Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (“SDN List”), but also from its willingness to remove persons from the SDN List consistent with the law. The ultimate goal of sanctions is not to punish, but to bring about a positive change in behavior. For information concerning the process for seeking removal from an OFAC list, including the SDN List, please refer to OFAC’s Frequently Asked Question 897. For detailed information on the process to submit a request for removal from an OFAC sanctions list.

and State:

Targeting Iran’s International Petroleum Trade

PRESS STATEMENT

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE

JULY 6, 2022Share

The United States is designating 15 individuals and entities that engaged in the illicit sales and shipment of Iranian petroleum, petroleum products, and petrochemical products.  These entities, located in Iran, Vietnam, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Hong Kong, have supported Iranian energy trade generating millions of dollars’ worth of illicit revenue.

The Department of State is designating one Vietnam-based entity, Truong Phat Loc Shipping Trading JSC, for engaging in the shipment of petroleum products from Iran.  Truong Phat Loc Shipping Trading JSC served as the commercial and technical manager for a vessel that transported Iranian petroleum products.  The State Department is also designating one Singapore-based entity, Everwin Ship Management Pte. Ltd., which has engaged in the transport of Iranian petroleum products.  Everwin Ship Management Pte. Ltd. served as the technical manager for a vessel that transported Iranian petroleum products.  Additionally, the State Department is designating three Iran-based entities, Zagros Tarabaran-E Arya, Persian Gulf Star Oil Company, and East Ocean Rashin Shipping Co. Ltd., which have engaged in the sale and/or shipment of Iranian petroleum products.  Zagros Tarabaran-E Arya is a shipper of Iranian petroleum products, while Persian Gulf Star Oil Company is the largest producer of gas condensate in Iran, and as such, has directly engaged in the production of Iranian petroleum products.  East Ocean Rashin Shipping Co. Ltd. is a port agent and freight forwarder of Iranian petroleum and petrochemical products. These actions are being taken pursuant to Executive Order 13846.

In addition, the Department of the Treasury is designating eight entities and two individuals located in Iran, Hong Kong, and the UAE, that support the continued involvement of Naftiran Intertrade Company, Iran Petrochemical Company, Persian Gulf Petrochemical Industry Commercial Company, Triliance, and Behran Oil in the sale of Iranian petroleum and petroleum products abroad.

The United States has been sincere and steadfast in pursuing a path of meaningful diplomacy to achieve a mutual return to full implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). It is Iran that has, to-date, failed to demonstrate a similar commitment to that path. Absent a change in course from Iran, we will continue to use our sanctions authorities to target exports of petroleum, petroleum products, and petrochemical products from Iran.

issued press releases about the Iran designations.

Link:

OFAC Notice

Press Releases – Treasury, State

Categories: Belarus Sanctions Iranian Sanctions OFAC Updates Sanctions Lists

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