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Skirting the Iranian Sanctions – an OFAC Advisory

Today, OFAC issued an advisory on the use of exchange houses and trading companies to evade the sanctions imposed on Iran: As the international community has increasingly barred or restricted Iranian financial institutions from accessing the international financial system, Iran is relying more heavily on third-country exchange houses and trading […]

What makes OFAC different

OFAC regulations and the SDN (Specially Designated Nationals) list are different from other sanctions lists in 4 significant ways: The SDN list is the only list with sanctioned cargo vessels. In addition to the changing nature of vessel names Mr. Watchlist noted in our recent post about IMO numbers and […]

New Watchlist added: Section 311

I’ve added a link to the Rulemakings page for the institutions sanctioned under the USA PATRIOT Act, Section 311. USA PATRIOT, by the way, is an acronym – Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism. Hard to believe, but someone gets paid to […]

OFAC NPWMD Regs: General License 7 added

OFAC today issued a new General License under the Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferators Sanctions Regulations. It’s for the transactions relating to the arrest, detention and sale of another vessel – this one was stopped in Sri Lanka: ​Today, OFAC is issuing General License No. 7 under the Weapons of […]

OFAC Update January 9, 2013: Narcotics

Two additional Mexican nationals added to the SDN list today under the Kingpin Act (i.e. both of their designations are SDNTK: Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficking Kingpin): CORONEL BARRERAS, Ines, La Angostura, Canelas, Durango 34500, Mexico; Avenida Puebla A No. 2209, Colonia Federal, San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora 83489, Mexico; DOB […]

In plain sight

Yesterday, you may have noticed something a little different here at MrWatchlist: I cut and pasted the list updates into the post. That actually looked pretty decent, so I’ll keep doing it. If the number of updates is particularly large (I recall the UN adding 18 entities a while back), […]

Matching Multiple Factors

If your main focus is screening business transactions, you can skip to the next blog item you wanted to read – nothing to see here for you. On the other hand, if you screen static data, like customer records or insurance policies, one way to cut down the number of […]

OFAC Update January 8, 2013

Two Sudanese terrorists were added to the SDN List today: HAMAD, Abdelbasit Alhaj Alhassan Haj (a.k.a. ALHASSAN, Abdelbaset Alhaj; a.k.a. HASAN, Abd-al-Basit Al-Hadj; a.k.a. HASSAN, Abdel Basit al-Hajj; a.k.a. MOHAMED, Abdel Basit Hag El-Hassan Hag; a.k.a. “AL-BASIT, Abd”); DOB 1979; POB Sudan; nationality Sudan (individual) [SDGT]. MOHAMED, Mohamed Makawi Ibrahim […]