Important advisories and information
Effective December 14, 2020, the determination regarding Sudan as a State Sponsor of Terrorism was rescinded. Accordingly, the prohibitions of the Terrorism List Governments Sanctions Regulations, 31 C.F.R. part 596, and section 906(a)(1) of the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000 (22 U.S.C. 7205) no longer apply to Sudan.
Effective October 12, 2017, certain sanctions with respect to Sudan and the Government of Sudan – namely sections 1 and 2 of Executive Order (E.O.) 13067 of November 3, 1997 and all of E.O. 13412 of October 13, 2006 – were revoked, pursuant to E.O. 13761 of January 13, 2017, as amended by E.O. 13804 of July 11, 2017. This revocation of certain sanctions:
- Does not affect OFAC sanctions related to the conflict in Darfur, which were imposed pursuant to E.O. 13400 of April 26, 2006 and pursuant to the national emergency declared in E.O. 13067, which remains in effect; and
- Does not affect OFAC’s imposition of sanctions on any Sudanese persons pursuant to sanctions authorities other than E.O.s 13067 and 13412.
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 OFAC's FAQ pages.
- Questions Regarding Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Registration Numbers for Activities in Sudan
- OFAC Frequently Asked Questions
- Guidance on the Provision of Certain Services Relating to the Requirements of U.S. Sanctions Laws (January 12, 2017)
- Guidance on Certain Publishing Activities (October 28, 2016)
- Interpretive Guidance - Prohibitions Imposed by Executive Order 13412; Transshipments of Goods and Financial Transactions Conducted through Certain Areas of Sudan (November 17, 2006)
- Index of Interpretative Guidance - Interpretative Rulings on OFAC Policy
Applying for a Specific OFAC License
It may be in your and the U.S. government’s interest to authorize particular economic activity that otherwise would be prohibited.
Sudan: Since January 17, 2017, all transactions prohibited under the Sudanese Sanctions Regulations, 31 C.F.R. part 538 (SSR), are authorized pursuant to a January 17, 2017, all transactions prohibited under the Sudanese Sanctions Regulations, 31 C.F.R. part 538 (SSR), have been authorized pursuant to a general license located at 31 C.F.R. § 538.540. As a result, specific licenses are not required for transactions prohibited solely by the SSR, and it is OFAC’s policy not to grant applications for specific licenses authorizing transactions to which the provisions of an outstanding general license apply. Effective October 12, 2017, the prohibitions of the SSR will be revoked, and OFAC authorization will no longer be required for transactions previously prohibited solely by the SSR.
Darfur: The Darfur Sanctions Regulations, 31 C.F.R. part 546 (DSR), are separate from the SSR and are not affected by the general license located at 31 C.F.R. § 538.540 or by the revocation of certain sanctions with respect to Sudan and the Government of Sudan effective October 12, 2017. A specific license may be required if a proposed transaction implicates prohibitions under the DSR or other OFAC-administered sanctions regulations. 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.
Guidance on OFAC Licensing Policy
Sudan: Since January 17, 2017, all transactions prohibited under the Sudanese Sanctions Regulations, 31 C.F.R. part 538, have been authorized pursuant to a general license located at 31 C.F.R. § 538.540. Effective October 12, 2017, these prohibitions will be revoked. As a result, as noted above, OFAC authorization is not required unless a proposed transaction implicates prohibitions under the Darfur Sanctions Regulations, 31 C.F.R. part 546, or other OFAC-administered sanctions regulations.
Darfur: Certain activities prohibited by the Darfur Sanctions may be authorized by OFAC. OFAC has issued guidance and statements on specific licensing policies, below, as they relate to the Darfur Sanctions.
- Licenses for Legal Fees and Costs - Guidance on the Release of Limited Amounts of Blocked Funds for Payment of Legal Fees and Costs Incurred in Challenging the Blocking of U.S. Persons in Administrative or Civil Proceedings
- Entities Owned By Blocked Persons - Guidance On Entities Owned By Persons Whose Property And Interests In Property Are Blocked
OFAC issues general licenses in order to authorize activities that would otherwise be prohibited with regard to the Sudan Sanctions. General licenses allow all U.S. persons to engage in the activity described in the general license without needing to apply for a specific license. Effective January 17, 2017, all transactions prohibited under the Sudanese Sanctions Regulations, 31 C.F.R. part 538 (SSR), are authorized pursuant to the general license located at 31 C.F.R. § 538.540. This general license is broader in scope than other general licenses issued under the SSR and, thus, supersedes more narrow general licenses issued under the SSR. Prohibitions under the Darfur Sanctions Regulations, 31 C.F.R. part 546, remain in effect.
LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR THE the Sudan and Darfur Sanctions
The Sudan and Darfur Sanctions represent 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 published in the Federal Register. In addition to all of these authorities, OFAC may also implement United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs) with regard to Sudan, including Darfur.
- 13804 - Allowing Additional Time for Recognizing Positive Actions by the Government of Sudan and Amending Executive Order 13671 (July 11, 2017)
- 13761 - Recognizing Positive Actions by the Government of Sudan and Providing for the Revocation of Certain Sudan-Related Sanctions (January 13, 2017)
- 13412 - Blocking Property and Prohibiting Transactions With the Government of Sudan (October 13, 2006)
- 13400 - Blocking Property of Persons in Connection With the Conflict in Sudan's Darfur Region (Effective Date - April 27, 2006)
- 13067 - Blocking Sudanese Government Property and Prohibiting Transactions With Sudan (Effective Date - November 4, 1997)
- Darfur Peace and Accountability Act of 2006 (DPAA), PL 109-344 (50 U.S.C. § 1701 note)
- Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000 (TSRA), 22 U.S.C. §§ 7201-7211
- Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 (AEDPA), 18 U.S.C. § 2332d
- International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), 50 U.S.C. §§ 1701-1706
- National Emergencies Act (NEA), 50 U.S.C. §§ 1601-1651
- Section 5 of the United Nations Participation Act of 1945 (UNPA), 22 U.S.C. § 287c
Code of Federal Regulations
- 31 CFR Part 546 - Darfur Sanctions Regulations
Federal Register Notices
- 86 FR 27273-21 - Terrorism List Governments Sanctions Regulations: Amendment to implement the rescission of the designation of Sudan as a State Sponsor of Terrorism
- 85 FR 82565-20 - Rescission of Determination Regarding Sudan
- 83 FR 30539-18 - Removal of the Sudanese Sanctions Regulations and Amendment of the Terrorism List Governments Sanctions Regulations
- 82 FR 4793-17 - Amendment to the Sudanese Sanctions Regulations (SSR) adding a new general license authorizing all transactions prohibited under the SSR
- 80 FR 8531-15 - Adding a General License pertaining to certain software, hardware, and services incident to personal communications
- 76 FR 76617-11 - Amendments to authorize activities relating to oil and transshipment with respect to the Republic of South Sudan
- 76 FR 63197-11 - Amendments to authorize certain consular funds transfers and the transportation of human remains
- 76 FR 63191-11 - Amendments to authorize the exportation or reexportation of food items
- 75 FR 10997-10 - Amendments to authorize certain types of exportation
- 74 FR 61030-09 - Changes to the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000 ("TSRA")
- 74 FR 27433-09 - Amendment to expand the authorization of certain imports
- 74 FR 25430-09 - Darfur Sanctions Regulations - New regulations to implement Executive Order 13400
- 72 FR 61513-07 - Amendment to implement Executive Order 13412
- 72 FR 50047-07 - Revision to the general license for certain publishing activities
- 72 FR 15831-07 - Amendment related to the movement of goods via diplomatic pouch
- 72 FR 12980-07 - Clarification of licenses for the exportation of agricultural commodities, medicine and medical devices
- 71 FR 29251-06 - Revisions to IEEPA made by the Combating Terrorism Financing Act of 2005
- 70 FR 34060-05 - Reporting, Procedures and Penalties Regulations and Sudanese Sanctions Regulations - Amendment to issue two general licenses
- 69 FR 75468-04 - Revision to authorize certain publishing activities
- 66 FR 36683-01 - Exports of Agricultural Products, Medicines, and Medical Devices to Cuba, Sudan, Libya, and Iran - Amendments to implement the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000 ("TSRA")
United Nations Security Council Resolutions
- 1672 - Stressing again its firm commitment to the cause of peace throughout Sudan, including through the African Union-led inter-Sudanese peace talks in Abuja, Nigeria ("Abuja Talks"), full implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement of 9 January 2005 and an end to the violence and atrocities in Darfur. (April 25, 2006)
- 1591 - Expressing its utmost concern over the dire consequences of the prolonged conflict for the civilian population in the Darfur region as well as throughout Sudan, in particular the increase in the number of refugees and internally displaced persons. (March 29, 2005)
- 1070 - Regretting the fact that the Government of Sudan has not yet complied with the requests of the Central Organ of the OAU set out in those statements (August 16, 1996)
- 1054 - Deeply alarmed that the Government of Sudan has failed to comply with the requests set out in paragraph 4 of resolution 1044 (1996) (April 26, 1996)
- 1044 - Calls upon the Government of the Sudan to comply with the requests of the Organization of African Unity without further delay (January 31, 1996)