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The Office for Financial Sanctions Implementation has published its 2018/2019 Annual Review.

16/10/2019

The Office foThe Office for Financial Sanctions Implementation has published its 2018/2019 Annual Review.r Financial Sanctions Implementation has published its 2018/2019 Annual Review.

Main points include:

  • 162 individuals/entities were added to sanctions lists over this period, and 3 regimes were introduced (Burma, Maldives and chemical weapons);
  • The value of self-reported suspected sanctions breaches decreased from £1.35bn in 2017/2018 to £262m in 2018/2019, and the total number of self-reports has decreased from 122 to 99;
  • Increases in the number of North Korea, Iran and Libya self-reported sanctions breaches and in the value of breaches of Russia sanctions, but number of breaches has decreased;
    • A number of monetary penalty cases are currently under consideration;
  • OFSI issued 58 new licences, half of which were for legal fees;
  • The number of licences for Libya doubled from 15 to 30 in the period because of an increase in applications for LEGAL FEES, REVIEW / REPLACEMENT OF EXISTING LICENCES, etc.

The government stated in its response to the Foreign Affairs Committee Report “Fragmented and incoherent: the UK’s sanctions policy” that it has decided not to review OFSI’s work at this time

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