US SANCTIONS UPDATES

December 2023

On 11 December, the Department of Justice, Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), Department of Homeland Security’s Homeland Security Investigations, Department of State’s Directorate of Defence Trade Controls, and OFAC issued a joint compliance note highlighting common tactics deployed by malign actors in the maritime and other transportation industries, as well as recent criminal and civil enforcement actions taken in response to alleged violations of US sanctions and export controls (Compliance note).

On 5 December, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated 11 Belarusian entities and seven individuals pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 14038, and one individual pursuant to E.O. 14024. This action aimed to increase pressure on Belarus president Mr Lukashenko and his regime (Press release & Notice).

OFAC also issued Belarus General License 10, which authorises the wind-down of transactions involving Tabak Invest LLC.
On 1 December 2023, the US Department of the Treasury imposed sanctions on three entities and identifying as blocked property three vessels that used Price Cap Coalition services while carrying Russian crude oil above the Coalition-agreed price cap.

*Press release: https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/jy1940