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US-EU: Export Controls and Sanctions Update

This publication from our International Trade Practice looks at the shifting regulatory framework for international trade compliance on both sides of the Atlantic.

In this issue, we cover:


  • US Department of Commerce Further Tightens Cuba Sanctions
  • US Department of Commerce Adds 28 Chinese Organizations to Its Entity List
  • Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Issues Amended Venezuela-related General Licenses 8D and 13D
  • OFAC Temporarily Extends Belarus-related General License
  • Trump Administration Authorizes Sanctions on Turkey
  • OFAC Enters Settlement With The General Electric Company for Violations of Cuba Sanctions
  • US Department of State Imposes Visa Restrictions on Chinese Officials for Repression in Xinjiang
  • US Wins Award in Airbus Subsidies Case


  • EU Publishes Regulation Concerning Restrictive Measures in Nicaragua
  • EU Decides to Suspend Issuance of License for Arms Export to Turkey
  • EU Alters Lists of Sanctioned Persons and Entities – Extends Sanctions With Respect to Actions Undermining or Threatening the Territorial Integrity, Sovereignty and Independence of Ukraine
  • EU Issues Notice Redefining Rules Governing Control of Exports


  • Export Control Unit (ECJU) Amends Export Control Order 2008
  • Court of Appeal Rules UK Government Acted Unlawfully in Sale of Arms to Saudi Arabia
  • HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and ECJU Submit Evidence for 2017 Arms Export Annual Inquiry
  • UK Government Imposes New Control on Exports to Russia
  • UK Suspends Arms Exports to Turkey
  • Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) Updates Financial Sanctions


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We encourage you to visit our blog The Trade Practitioner, where you will find additional updates on export controls, sanctions and other international trade topics. In addition, organizations engaged in the trade of items specially designed for military or space applications are encouraged to download our complimentary ITAR Practitioner’s Handbook covering the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the US Department of Commerce “600 Series.”

Please contact a member of our Export Controls and Sanctions team with any questions, or email InternationalTradeCompliance@squirepb.com for assistance.

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