The Export Practitioner is the only monthly magazine devoted exclusively to news and analysis of U.S. export controls and trade sanctions.

Since 1987, The Export Practitioner has provided readers with expert reports on changes to U.S. export licensing rules, enforcement policies and regulations for defense and dual-use products and technology.

February 2016

Features

Untangling Common Issues in OFAC's Revised 50 Percent Rule
When ownership interest is unknown, U.S. parties must make difficult decisions on how much time and effort to spend on due diligence, when to walk away, and when to move forward, F. Amanda DeBusk & Tyler Grove write.
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Focus on Enforcement

Calif. Architecture Firm Settles OFAC Cuba Charges
Despite the opening of relations with Cuba, Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is still finding past sanctions violations to...
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Chinese Citizen Sent to Prison for Iran Exports
A Chinese citizen was sentenced to nine years in prison for conspiring to export MKS pressure transducers to Iran, while prosecutors dropped...
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Iranian Company Pays Reduced Fine for Exporting Machinery
The Iranian partner in a conspiracy to evade export licensing requirements was ordered Jan. 6, 2016, in Harrisburg, Pa., U.S. District Court to pay...
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Jordanian Citizen Sentenced for Illegally Shipping Firearms
A Jordanian citizen in the U.S. on a nonimmigrant visa was sentenced to 33 months in federal prison for conspiring to export firearms, including a...
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SAP Pays SEC $3.7 Million To Settle FCPA Violations
German software manufacturer SAP SE agreed Feb. 1, 2016, to pay disgorgement of $3.7 million in profits to settle Securities and Exchange...
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Syrian-Born U.S. Citizen Pleads Guilty to Illegal Exports
A Syrian-born naturalized U.S. citizen pleaded guilty to charges of conspiring to export U.S.-origin tactical equipment, including sniper rifle...
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Export Controls

DDTC Proposes Revised Guidelines for TAAs, MLAs
To reflect policy change adopted over the last 18 months as part of export control reforms, State's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC)...
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House Panels Hear Debate on Wassenaar Cyber Rules
While they have no jurisdiction over agreements at the Wassenaar Arrangement or any pending legislation on cybersecurity export controls, two House...
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Reproposed Night-Vision Rules Set for Publication in February
Final rules amending night-vision controls under U.S. Munitions List (USML) Category XII and a final companion Commerce Control List (CCL) rule...
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Trade Sanctions

Administration Eases Limits on Cuba Trade, Travel
Slowly but surely, the Obama administration is chipping away at the restrictions on trade and travel to Cuba, as much as it can without Congress...
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EU Joins U.S. in Lifting Nuclear Sanctions on Iran
The European Union (EU) complied with its part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) Jan. 16, 2016, lifting all its nuclear-related...
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Iran Implementation Day Brings Blue Skies, Rainbows - Maybe
Despite the best efforts of opponents of the Iran nuclear deal, the Obama administration Jan. 16, 2016, welcomed "Implementation Day" of the accord...
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New Sanctions Hit Iranian Missile Suppliers, Airline
Just a day after the Obama administration announced the lifting of nuclear sanctions on Iran, Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)...
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Six Granted Clemency for Illegal Exports to Iran
As part of the prisoner swap with Iran in parallel to the nuclear deal, the Obama administration Jan. 16, 2016, pardoned or commuted the sentences...
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U.S. Agrees to Settle $1.7 Billion in Iranian Claims
In another Iran-related action Jan. 17, 2016, the U.S. and Iran agreed to settle Iranian claims for money the U.S. has been holding in trust since...
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Exporting from Europe

Fire and Brimstone
By David Hayes Our foreign policy must have an ethical dimension and must support the demands of other peoples for the democratic rights on...
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Policy Briefs

Ex-Im Back in Business, but Financing Expected to Decline
A month after winning its recharter and ending a nearly six-month lapse in authorization, the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) has already approved some...
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Negotiators Conclude Deal on Safe Harbor as Deadline Passes
U.S. and European Union (EU) negotiators raced to complete a new transatlantic agreement on "Safe Harbor" rules for the transfer of personal data...
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End Notes

END NOTES
HIZBALLAH : OFAC Jan. 28, 2016, added Hizballah-affiliated money launderers Mohamad Noureddine, Hamdi Zaher El Dine, and Noureddine's company...
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