The latest on Russia sanctions from the International Trade and Supply Chain Team
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Sanctions Designations and Business Advisory Issued by OFAC and the U.S. State Department

On February 23, 2024, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) and Department of State

Continue Reading U.S. GOVERNMENT IMPOSES OVER 600 DENIED PARTIES DESIGNATIONS ON SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF RUSSIA’S UKRAINE

On May 19, 2023, the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) announced new export controls and Entity List additions during President Biden’s G7 visit in Japan.  In

Continue Reading BIS Implements Additional Export Controls and Entity List Additions Targeting Russia to Align with Allies and Partners

On February 24, 2023, the Biden Administration announced the imposition of additional tariffs on Russian imports of aluminum and approximately 100 other individual products.  The imposition of these additional tariffs

Continue Reading Biden Administration Increases Tariffs on Russian Aluminum and 100 Other Products on One-Year Anniversary of Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

On Friday, February 24, 2023, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) issued new sanctions against individuals and entities operating in Russia and against those assisting with

Continue Reading OFAC Issues Sweeping Sanctions to Mark One-Year Anniversary of Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

On June 2, 2022, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) added new Russian vessels and aircraft used by Russian elites, new top Russian government officials, and their companies and operations to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) List for aiding in the continued war effort by Russia against Ukraine.  Notably, these designations include more Russian government officials and oligarchs, and two of the largest mining companies in Russia, Severstal PJSC (Severstal) and Nord Gold PLC (Nord Gold).  This means that U.S. persons cannot engage in any transactions with Severstal or Nord Gold unless authorized by a license.
Continue Reading OFAC and State Department Designate Severstal, Nord Gold and Additional Russians as SDNs

On March 24, 2022, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) updated the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List (“SDN List”) with hundreds of
Continue Reading OFAC Announces Hundreds of New SDN Designations Targeting Russia’s Duma, Defense Sector and Bank Officials; Issues New General Licenses

On Friday, March 11, 2022, the White House issued Executive Order (“EO”) 14068 announcing more sanctions and export controls against the Russian Federation (“Russia”).  Concurrent with that announcement, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) released new export controls restricting the flow of “luxury goods” to Russia, Belarus, and Russian/Belarusian “oligarchs and malign actors” while the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) issued dozens of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List (“SDN List”) designations and published four (4) new general licenses.

 
Continue Reading U.S. Imposes More Russian Sanctions and Export Controls on Consumer Items and Luxury Goods, U.S. Dollar-Denominated Banknote Transactions, and Russian Oligarchs

On March 11, 2022, President Biden issued an Executive Order (“EO”) that prohibited the importation into the United States of fish, seafood, and preparations thereof; alcoholic beverages; non-industrial diamonds; and any other products of Russian Federation origin as may be determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Commerce.  Because the Executive Order lists no effective date, implementation will be immediate.  No exceptions are listed for such products that are in transit and the EO specifically states that the prohibitions apply “notwithstanding any contract entered into or license or permit granted prior to the date of this order.”
Continue Reading Biden Issues Executive Order Prohibiting Certain Imports and Calls for Congressional Action to Revoke Permanent Normal Trade Relations With Russia