The power and integrity of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctions derive not only from its ability to designate and add persons to the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List (SDN List), but also from its willingness to remove persons from the SDN List consistent with the law. The ultimate goal of sanctions is not to punish, but to bring about a positive change in behavior. Each year, OFAC removes hundreds of individuals and entities from the SDN List. Each removal is based on a thorough review by OFAC. Maintaining the integrity of U.S. sanctions is a high priority for OFAC and is the driving principle behind its rigorous review process that evaluates every request for removal individually on its merits and applies consistent standards to all of them.
1.How do I file a request for removal from an OFAC sanctions list?
- The listed person’s name and contact person’s name and mailing address (including email address);
- The date of the relevant OFAC listing action (such as the designation or identification); and
- A request for the reconsideration of OFAC’s determination, including a detailed description of why the listed person should be removed.
Some examples of situations that may result in delisting include: a positive change in behavior, the death of an SDN, the basis for the designation no longer exists, or the designation was based on mistaken identity.