OFAC has published a new Frequently Asked Question regarding the implementation of Section 7503 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020.
The following directive has been published under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991.
Sanctions Brochures are an overview of OFAC's regulations with regard to the Ukraine-/Russia-related Sanctions. They are useful quick reference tools.
Frequently Asked Questions
OFAC has compiled hundreds of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about its sanctions programs and related policies. The link below sends the user to the entire list of OFAC's FAQs.
- Question related to Section 7503(d) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020
- Other OFAC Frequently Asked Questions
Sectoral Sanctions Identifications (SSI) List
The Sectoral Sanctions Identifications List includes persons determined by OFAC to be operating in sectors of the Russian economy identified by the Secretary of the Treasury pursuant to Executive Order 13662.
- Sectoral Sanctions Identifications List Page
- Directive 1 as Amended Under Executive Order 13662 (September 29, 2017)
- Directive 2 as Amended Under Executive Order 13662 (September 29, 2017)
- Directive 3 Under Executive Order 13662 (September 12, 2014)
- Directive 4 Under Executive Order 13662 (October 31, 2017)
- Directive 1 as Amended Under Executive Order 13662 (Issued September 12, 2014)
- Directive 2 as Amended Under Executive Order 13662 (Issued September 12, 2014)
- Directives 1 and 2 Pursuant to EO 13662 (Issued July 16, 2014)
- Directive 4 Under Executive Order 13662 (September 12, 2014)
OFAC issues advisories to the public on important issues related to the sanctions programs it administers. While these documents may focus on specific industries and activities, they should be reviewed by any party interested in OFAC compliance.
- Advisory Regarding the Obfuscation of Critical Information in Financial and Trade Transactions Involving the Crimea Region of Ukraine (Issued July 30, 2015)
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.
- Guidance on the Provision of Certain Services Relating to the Requirements of U.S. Sanctions Laws (January 12, 2017)
- Index of Interpretative Guidance
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 the Ukraine\Russia-related Sanctions. 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
Certain activities related to the Ukraine\Russia-related Sanctions may be allowed if they are licensed by OFAC. Below OFAC has issued guidance and statements on specific licensing policies as they relate to the Ukraine-related 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 Ukraine. General licenses allow all US persons to engage in the activity described in the general license without needing to apply for a specific license.
- Ukraine General License Number 1B - Authorizing Certain Transactions Related to Derivatives Prohibited by Directives 1, 2, and 3 Under Executive Order 13662 (issued November 28, 2017)
- Ukraine General License Number 3 - Authorizing Transactions Involving Certain Entities Otherwise Prohibited by Directive 1 under Executive Order 13662 (October 6, 2014)
- Ukraine General License Number 4 - Authorizing the Exportation or Reexportation of Agricultural Commodities, Medicine, Medical Supplies, and Replacement Parts (December 19, 2014)
- List of Medical Supplies Authorized under Ukraine General License Number 4
- Ukraine General License Number 6 - Noncommercial, Personal Remittances Authorized
- Ukraine General License Number 7 - Operation of Accounts Authorized
- Ukraine General License Number 8 - Transactions Related to Telecommunications and Mail Authorized
- Ukraine General License Number 9 - Exportation of Certain Services and Software Incident to Internet-Based Communications Authorized
- Ukraine General License Number 11 - Authorizing Certain Transactions With FAU Glavgosekspertiza Rossii (December 20, 2016)
- Ukraine General License Number 13O - Authorizing Certain Transactions Necessary to Divest or Transfer Debt, Equity, or Other Holdings in GAZ Group (July 16, 2020)
- Ukraine General License Number 15I - Authorizing Certain Activities Involving GAZ Group (July 16, 2020)
- Archive of Expired General Licenses
The Ukraine\Russia-related sanctions program represents the implementation of multiple legal authorities. Some of these authorities are in the form of an executive order 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 the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).
- 13883 - Administration of Proliferation Sanctions and Amendment of Executive Order 12851 (August 3, 2019)
- 13849 - Authorizing the Implementation of Certain Sanctions Set Forth in the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (September 20, 2018)
- 13685 - Blocking Property of Certain Persons and Prohibiting Certain Transactions with Respect to the Crimea Region of Ukraine (December 19, 2014)
- 13662 - Blocking Property of Additional Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine (March 20, 2014)
- 13661 - Blocking Property of Additional Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine (March 17, 2014)
- 13660 - Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine (March 6, 2014)
- Determination Pursuant to Executive Order 13662 of March 20, 2014 (Effective date - July 16, 2014) - Financial Services and Energy Sectors
- Determination Pursuant to Executive Order 13662 of March 20, 2014 (Effective date - September 12, 2014) - Defense and Related Materiel Sector
- Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Act of 2019 (PEESA)
- Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), PL 115-44
- Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014 (UFSA)
- Support for the Sovereignty, Integrity, Democracy, and Economic Stability of Ukraine Act of 2014 (SSIDES)
- International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), 50 U.S.C. §§ 1701-1706
- National Emergencies Act (NEA), 50 U.S.C. §§ 1601-1651
Code of Federal Regulations
- 31 CFR Part 589 - Ukraine-Related Sanctions Regulations
Federal Register Notices
- 79 FR 26365-14 - Issuance of regulations to implement Executive Order 13660, Executive Order 13661, and Executive Order 13662