New Reporting Obligations under the Russia (Sanctions) (Overseas Territories) (Amendment) Order 2024

12 Apr 2024, 29 mins ago

On 14 March 2024 the Russia (Sanctions) (Overseas Territories) (Amendment) Order 2024 (the “Order 2024”) came into force, introducing new reporting obligations for designated persons.

As a result, amendments to the UK Russia sanctions regime were given effect in all British Overseas Territories except Bermuda.

Similar to the changes made in December 2023 under the Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, which introduced reporting obligations on UK Designated Persons, the Order 2024 now requires a UK Designated Person who is a Territory person within the meaning of s21(2) and (3) of the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 (“SAMLA”) or a Territory entity as well as those who are non-territory persons, to submit a report on their funds and economic resources to the relevant authorities in the respective overseas territory.

Designated Persons must report any funds or economic resource if the value of those funds or economic resources exceeds the amount determined by the authorities of the respective overseas territory. If multiple funds or economic resources of the same type (for example, jewellery, art, bank accounts), when taken together, exceed the amount determined by the authorities of the respective overseas territory, this must also be reported.

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