Commercial Vessel Compliance

United States Publishes a Global Maritime Advisory to Counter Sanctions Evasion by Iran, North Korea, and Syria

The U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and the U.S. Coast Guard issued a global advisory to alert the maritime industry, and those active in the energy and metals sectors to deceptive shipping practices used to evade sanctions, with a focus on Iran, North Korea, and Syria.  

The advisory updates and expands upon previous advisories issued by the U.S. government. It is intended to provide actors that utilize the maritime industry for trade with information on and tools to counter current and emerging trends in sanctions evasion related to shipping and associated services.

The advisory includes a detailed set of best practices for private industry to consider adopting to mitigate exposure to sanctions risk.  The deceptive shipping practices discussed in this report may create significant sanctions risk for individuals and entities involved in these industries.

You can read the U.S. Department of State news release on the sanctions package here.

You can read the global shipping advisory issued by OFAC here.

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