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The Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill (the Bill) introduced to the House of Lords on Wednesday 18th October 2017 paves the way for the United Kingdom’s sanctions and anti-money laundering (AML) framework ahead of Brexit. The Bill’s intention is to ensure that when the United Kingdom (UK) leaves the European Union (EU), the UK can continue to impose, lift, amend, and update sanctions and AML regimes: these include financial sanctions, arms embargoes and trade control restrictions, international travel bans, and money laundering regulations.
On November 13, 2017 the European Union imposed a military embargo as well as additional restrictive measures against Venezuela under EU Council Decision No. 2017/2074/CFSP and Council Regulation (EU) No.2017/2063. This sanctions regime came in force on its publication date in the European Union Official Journal (November 14, 2017). The aim of the new sanctions are to prevent the “excessive use of violence or abuse of human rights in Venezuela, in light of the recent deterioration of democracy and the rule of law” following massive protests against the Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro.
On 8 August 2017, the UK legislator passed a new Regulation imposing additional recordkeeping and reporting obligations related to financial sanctions compliance by UK professionals. The European Union Financial Sanctions (Amendment of Information Provisions) Regulations 2017 (“the Regulations”) expands the scope of financial sanctions reporting requirements to additional sectors beyond financial institutions, including auditors and external accountants.
On October 12th, 2017 the U.S. revoked part of its financial sanctions against Sudan.
We are excited to inform you that we are holding an export controls and sanctions conference at our London offices on 09 November 2017.
The US Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) recently announced a Final Rule (“Rule”) effective on 15 August 2017 that revises the US Commerce Control List (CCL) (see 82 FR 38764). The revisions have been made in line with changes to the Wassenaar Arrangement (WA) that were agreed during the December 2016 WA Plenary meeting.
The European Council (EC) has announced that it will create a policy framework for responding to malicious cyber activities aimed at European Union (EU) member states, according to a June 2017 statement titled “Cyber attacks: EU ready to respond with a range of measures, including sanctions.” The new framework points to an expanding scope for EU sanctions, with possible impacts for businesses operating in Europe and abroad.
The People’s Republic of China’s Ministry of Commerce has released for public comment a draft Export Control Law that substantially overhauls China’s current trade controls system. As one of the top priorities for China’s 2017 legislative agenda, we anticipate the law will be promulgated by the end of 2017.
On 14 June 2017, Singapore Customs released a circular announcing the introduction of new end-user statement (EUS) formats for Strategic Trade Scheme (STS) bulk permits and individual permits, respectively. The new format is effective immediately for bulk permits, and from 1 July 2017 for individual permits.