Syria Sanctions

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Information relating to EU, US and other international sanctions against Syria is collated here.  Should you have any detailed enquiries regarding these sanctions and the operation of the Club or the cover it provides, please contact Nigel Carden (Tel: +44 20 7204 2147;  Email:

HM Treasury resource for sanctions against Syria:  this section is part of a larger website resource provided by the UK government for reference on current sanctions regimes.

Delegation of the European Union to Syria: this website maintains releases and other documents relating to various aspects of EU relationship with Syria.  This web link gives background to decisions on sanction.

US Treasury resource centre for sanctions against Syria: this website maintains variety of resources including the original texts of presidential executive orders, statutes, regulations and guidance notes in relation to US sanctions against Syria.

The UK Club have received the following update from Freehill Hogan and Mahar, regarding the United States decision to lift sanctions on Turkey.
The European Union and the United States continue to apply trade sanctions against the Government of Syriaand a number of designated Syrian persons and entities. This circular provides an overview of key sanctions that apply to Syria shipping and related insurance activities
Council Regulation (EU) No 36/2012 provides a comprehensive regulation overview of the various goods, services and activities in respect of Syria which are currently subject to sanctions.  Issued on 18 January 2012, a PDF of the regulation is attached here.  An outline of the key items and activities where compliance with EU sanctions is required is set out in the section “Update on sanctioned goods, services and activities as at 18th January 2012” below.
The latest sanctions against Iran have been much publicized and are set against a backdrop of Iranian officials threatening to escalate the situation further by blocking the Strait of Hormuz.  This alert focuses on the key developments and also provides an update on the sanctions against Syria.
The EU Council Decision 782/2011 has enhanced the sanctions against the current regime in Syria to counter the movement of both armaments and energy commodities to that country.  An additional decision 1244 has extended the list of named parties against whom these sanctions apply.
The UK Treasury has now confirmed that it considers that insurers/reinsurers in the EU are prohibited from providing cover in relation to shipments of crude oil or petroleum products, even where the transportation ban does not apply  (because the ships and persons involved are unconnected with the EU). 
Council Regulation (EU) No. 950/2011 on 24th September adds further names (six entities and two individuals) to the  Syrian designated persons list and a prohibition on investment in the crude oil sector.  The entities are Addounia TV, Cham Holding, El-Tel Co, Ramak Constructions Co, Souruh Company and Syriatel.  The individuals are Tayseer Qala Awwad and Dr Adnan Hassan Mahmoud.  Full details are set out in the Regulation, which is attached.
The attached Shipping Alert 11-213 gives updated guidance on bith EU and US sanctions in respect of Libya and Syria and is reproduced with the kind permission of Reed Smith.  Any queries regarding the advice given in the Alert should be directed to the author Mr Mark Church of Reed Smith London by email or by telephone: +44 20 3116 3402.
COUNCIL REGULATION (EU) No 442/2011 of 9 May 2011 concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Syria.  This regulation sets out the prohibition of supply of materials and equipment to Syria which may be used for repression of its civilian population.  It also provides a list of people and other entities who it identifies as responsible for such acts of repression and thus directly subject to sanction.
EU Council Regulation - (EU) No 878/2011 entered into force on 2 September, with new measures to target the importation, financing, transport, insurance and reinsurance of crude oil or petroleum products originating from Syria. The Regulation takes the form of an amendment to an earlier regulation (442/2011) in which the scope of applicability is defined as shown below.
The HM Treasury has released details on the financial sanctions in respect of restrictions directed by the Council of the European Union. The document also contains a list of named individuals and entities against whom sanctions are imposed.
On the 18th August 2011, the US Government issued an Executive Order that blocks property of the Syrian government, including all entities controlled by the Syrian government.  The Executive Order prohibits...

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