Frequently Asked Questions

1097. What does Counterterrorism-related General License 21 (GL 21) authorize?

Answer

GL 21 authorizes all activities otherwise prohibited by the Global Terrorism Sanctions Regulations (GTSR), 31 CFR part 594, that are ordinarily incident and necessary to the limited safety and environmental activities described in paragraph (a) of GL 21 involving certain blocked persons and vessels through 12:01 a.m. eastern standard time, December 15, 2022.  GL 21 does not authorize the offloading of any cargo onboard any of the blocked vessels listed in GL 21, and any payment of claims to or for the benefit of any blocked persons or vessels would require a specific license from OFAC.  

After the expiration of GL 21, U.S. persons will be prohibited from engaging in any transactions with the blocked persons or vessels listed in GL 21, unless otherwise exempt or authorized by OFAC.  U.S. persons unable to conclude transactions authorized by GL 21 before 12:01 a.m. eastern standard time, December 15, 2022, are encouraged to seek guidance from OFAC. 

Non-U.S. persons, including foreign financial institutions, generally do not risk exposure to sanctions for engaging in transactions with blocked persons where those transactions would not require a specific license if engaged in by a U.S. person.  Non-U.S. persons unable to conclude transactions authorized by GL 21 before 12:01 a.m. eastern standard time, December 15, 2022, are encouraged to seek guidance from OFAC.

Date Released
November 15, 2022