Sanctions Tighten on Iranian Metals Sectors

May 10, 2019

On May 8, 2019, President Trump issued a new Executive Order expanding secondary sanctions against the iron, steel, aluminum, and copper sectors of Iran.

The Executive Order provides authority to impose sanctions on foreign persons who operate in the covered metals sectors or who facilitate significant transactions in connection with those sectors.  Unlike direct sanctions (which have long prohibited unlicensed dealings with Iran with a connection to U.S. jurisdiction), secondary sanctions threaten the imposition of sanctions against non-U.S. persons acting entirely outside U.S. jurisdiction.  Although the order is immediately effective, firms are permitted 90 days to wind down existing transactions pursuant to an accompanying OFAC FAQ.

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