401. OFAC’s 50 Percent Rule states that the property and interests in property of entities directly or indirectly owned 50 percent or more in the aggregate by one or more blocked persons are considered blocked. How does OFAC interpret indirect ownership as it relates to certain complex ownership structures?
"Indirectly," as used in OFAC’s 50 Percent Rule, refers to one or more blocked persons' ownership of shares of an entity through another entity or entities that are 50 percent or more owned in the aggregate by the blocked person(s). OFAC urges persons consider ... Read more
5. How do I determine if I have a valid OFAC match?
Please take the following “due diligence” steps in determining a valid OFAC match.
If you are calling about a wire transfer or other “live” transaction:
Step 1. Is the “hit” or “match” against OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list, one of its othe ... Read more
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1135. How can companies participate in the humanitarian channel in Qatar to export humanitarian goods to Iran?
Financial institutions participating in the humanitarian channel in Qatar (HC) have received specific guidance from the U.S. government. Companies interested in participating in transactions under the HC should coordinate directly with the Qatari Internationa ... Read more
1134. What is the humanitarian channel in Qatar?
The humanitarian channel in Qatar (HC) was established to further facilitate the flow of humanitarian assistance to the people of Iran consistent with the U.S. government’s longstanding support for humanitarian trade. Similar to humanitarian channels establis ... Read more