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Departments of US sanctions Cuban Entities

On November 9, 2017, the US Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), and the US Department of State published final rule in Federal Register amending the Cubian Assets Control Regulation (CACR). This was regarding the National Security Presidential Memorandum (NSPM) on Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba.

The changes made are summarized below:

  • Prohibitions towards “direct financial transactions” with entities and subentities identified on the Cuba Restricted List

  • An expanded definition of “prohibited officials of the Government of Cuba” for which remittances and certain other transactions otherwise authorized by OFAC and BIS are off-limits

  • Additional restrictions on authorized travel to Cuba in the “people-to-people,” other “educational,” and “support for the Cuban people” travel categories

  • Adjustments to certain export controls for Cuba, including (1) a general policy of denial for license applications to export items for use by entities and subentities on the Cuba Restricted List, and (2) simplification and expansion of the license exception Support for the Cuban People (SCP)

The Department of State published a list of 180 entities and subentities associated with Cuban military, intelligence, and security services (Cuba Restricted List).

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