Update on Iran Sanctions

On 7 February 2014, the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued General License D-1 (General License) authorizing the exportation, re-exportation, or provision to Iran, directly or indirectly, of certain services, software, and hardware incident to personal communications. This authorization does not allow for the provision of "commercial grade Internet connectivity services or telecommunications transmission facilities (such as dedicated satellite links or dedicated lines that include quality of service guarantees)" or "web-hosting services that are for commercial endeavors or of domain name registration services." Aspects of the General License apply to both U.S. and non-U.S. origin items and to activities by U.S. and non-U.S. companies. The General License expands upon and replaces prior General License D, which was issued by OFAC on 30 May 2013. A copy of the General License is available at: http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Documents/iran_gld1.pdf and the Frequently Asked Question guide on this topic published by OFAC is available at: http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Documents/gl_d1_faqs.pdf.

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