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Important Advisories and Information

OFAC issues advisories to the public on important issues related to the Iran Sanctions, while these documents may focus on specific industries and activities they should be reviewed by any party interested in OFAC compliance.

Specific Guidance on the Iran Sanctions

OFAC offers guidance on a variety of subjects related to the Iran Sanctions. Most of this guidance is specific in nature. General guidance on the Iran Sanctions can be found in the Sanctions Brochures section at the top of this page.

Interpretive Guidance

OFAC issues interpretive guidance on specific issues related to the sanctions programs it administers. These interpretations of OFAC policy are sometimes published in response to a public request for guidance or may be released proactively by OFAC in order to address a complex topic.

Frequently Asked Questions

OFAC has compiled hundreds of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about its sanctions programs and related policies. The links below send the user to the Iran Sanctions FAQ topic page and to OFAC’s main FAQ page.

List of Foreign Sanctions Evaders (FSE)

On May 1, 2012, the President signed Executive Order 13608, “Prohibiting Certain Transactions With and Suspending Entry Into the United States of Foreign Sanctions Evaders With Respect to Iran and Syria.” This Executive Order strengthens Treasury’s ability to address behavior by foreign individuals and entities determined to have violated, attempted to violate, conspired to violate, or caused a violation of U.S. sanctions on Syria or Iran.

List of CISADA and NDAA Prohibitions or Conditions

As of March 14, 2019, the List of Foreign Financial Institutions Subject to Correspondent Account or Payable-Through Account Sanctions (the “CAPTA List”) includes one foreign financial institution subject to correspondent or payable-through account sanctions. Prior to March 14, 2019, this entity was on OFAC’s Part 561 List. The Part 561 List that formerly appeared on this page has been eliminated in favor of the new CAPTA List​

Non-SDN Iranian Sanctions Act (NS-ISA) List

On October 9, 2012, the President signed Executive Order (E.O.) 13628, which provides for, among other things, the implementation of certain sanctions set forth in the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012 (TRA). Section 1 of E.O. 13628 provides that the Secretary of the Treasury, pursuant to authority under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), shall take action to implement certain sanctions set forth in Section 6 of the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996, as amended (ISA), when the President, the Secretary of State, or the Secretary of the Treasury imposes such sanctions on a person pursuant to provisions of ISA, the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010, as amended, or the TRA. Section 6 of ISA includes both blocking and non-blocking sanctions.

In order to implement the non-blocking provisions of Section 6 of ISA, OFAC developed the NS-ISA List. OFAC implements the blocking sanction under Section 6 of ISA by adding persons subject to that sanction to the List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons with the identifying tag “[ISA]”.

In order to implement the non-blocking provisions of Section 6 of ISA, OFAC developed the NS-ISA List. OFAC implements the blocking sanction under Section 6 of ISA by adding persons subject to that sanction to the List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons with the identifying tag “[ISA]”. Pursuant to the United States commitment set out in Section 4.8.1 of Annex II and Section 17.3 of Annex V of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action of July 14, 2015, the Secretary of State determined, effective on Implementation Day, that the sanctions previously imposed on all the persons that had been named on the NS-ISA List as of the day prior to Implementation Day should be terminated. On Implementation Day, OFAC gave effect to the Secretary of State’s determination, and as a result, the NS-ISA List is, as of Implementation Day, currently empty.

Applying for a Specific OFAC License

It may be in your and the U.S. government’s interest to authorize particular economic activity related to Iran. Certain activities related to Iran may be allowed if they are licensed by OFAC. Visit the link below to apply for an OFAC license.

  • Apply for an OFAC License Online – Authorization from OFAC to engage in a transaction that otherwise would be prohibited.
  • Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000 (TSRA) Program Information and TSRA License Application Process – Guidance and licensing information for exports of agricultural commodities, medicine, and medical devices

General Licenses

OFAC issues general licenses in order to authorize activities that would otherwise be prohibited with regard to Iran. General licenses allow all US persons to engage in the activity described in the general license without needing to apply for a specific license.

Guidance on OFAC Licensing Policy

Certain activities related to Iran may be allowed if they are licensed by OFAC. Below OFAC has issued guidance and statements on specific licensing policies as they relate to Iran.

Graphics of Iran-related Economic Activity

LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR IRAN SANCTIONS

The Iran Sanctions program represents the implementation of multiple legal authorities. Some of these authorities are in the form of executive orders issued by the President. Other authorities are public laws (statutes) passed by The Congress. These authorities are further codified by OFAC in its regulations which are published in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Modifications to these regulations are posted in the Federal Register. In addition to all of these authorities, OFAC may also implement United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs) with regard to Iran.

Executive Orders

  • 13949 – Blocking Property of Certain Persons with Respect to the Conventional Arms Activities of Iran
  • 13902​​ – Imposing Sanctions With Respect to Additional Sectors of Iran
  • 13876 – Imposing Sanctions with Respect to Iran
  • 13871 – Imposing Sanctions with Respect to the Iron, Steel, Aluminum, and Copper Sectors of Iran
  • 13846 – Reimposing Certain Sanctions With Respect To Iran
  • 13608​ – Prohibiting Certain Transactions With and Suspending Entry Into the United States of Foreign Sanctions Evaders With Respect to Iran and Syria (Effective Date – May 1, 2012)
  • 13606 – Blocking the Property and Suspending Entry Into the United States of Certain Persons With Respect to Grave Human Rights Abuses by the Governments of Iran and Syria via Information Technology​ (Effective Date – April 23, 2012)
  • 13599 – Blocking Property of the Government of Iran and Iranian Financial Institutions​ (Effective Date – February 6, 2012)
  • 13553 – Blocking Property of Certain Persons With Respect to Serious Human Rights Abuses By The Government of Iran and Taking Certain Other Actions (Effective Date – September 29, 2010)
  • 13059 – Prohibiting Certain Transactions With Respect to Iran (Effective Date – August 20, 1997)
  • 12959 – Prohibiting Certain Transactions With Respect to Iran (Effective Date – May 7, 1995)
  • 12957 – Prohibiting Certain Transactions With Respect to the Development of Iranian Petroleum Resources (Effective Date – March 16, 1995)
  • 12613 – Prohibiting Imports From Iran (Effective Date – October 29, 1987)
  • 12294 – Suspension of Litigation Against Iran (Effective Date – February 26, 1981)
  • 12284 – Restrictions on the Transfer of Property of the Former Shah of Iran (Effective Date – January 23, 1981)
  • 12283 – Non-Prosecution of Claims of Hostages and for Actions at the United States Embassy and Elsewhere (Effective Date – January 23, 1981)
  • 12282 – Revocation of Prohibitions Against Transactions Involving Iran (Effective Date – January 23, 1981)
  • 12281 – Direction To Transfer Certain Iranian Government Assets (Effective Date – January 23, 1981)
  • 12280 – Direction To Transfer Iranian Government Financial Assets Held By Non-Banking Institutions (Effective Date – January 23, 1981)
  • 12279 – Direction To Transfer Iranian Govt. Assets Held By Domestic Banks (Effective Date – January 23, 1981)
  • 12278 – Direction To Transfer Iranian Government Assets Overseas (Effective Date – January 23, 1981)
  • 12277 – Direction To Transfer Iranian Government Assets (Effective Date – January 23, 1981)
  • 12276 – Direction Relating to Establishment of Escrow Accounts (Effective Date – January 23, 1981)
  • 12211 – Prohibiting Certain Transactions With Iran (Effective Date – April 17, 1980)
  • 12205 – Prohibiting Certain Transactions With Iran (Effective Date – April 17, 1980)
  • 12170 – Blocking Iranian Government Property (Effective Date – November 14, 1979)

Statutes

Code of Federal Regulations

Federal Register Notices

United Nations Security Council Resolutions

  • 2231 – Endorses the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (20 July 2015)

The provisions of Security Council resolutions 1696 (2006), 1737 (2006), 1747 (2007), 1803 (2008), 1835 (2008), 1929 (2010), and 2224 (2015) have been terminated subject to re-imposition in the event of significant non-performance of JCPOA commitments.

  • 1929 – Reaffirming its commitment to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. (9 June 2010)
  • 1803 – Reaffirming its commitment to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. (3 March 2008)
  • 1747 – Reaffirming its commitment to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. (24 March 2007)
  • 1737 – Reaffirming its commitment to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. (23 December 2006)
  • 1696 – Reaffirming its commitment to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. (31 July 2006)
  • 461 – Reaffirming resolution 457 (1979) in all its aspects (31 December 1979)

Archived Iran-related Material

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