ExportLawBlog Post Triggers Santa Claus Hiring DC Lawyers, Bah Humbug

A colleague sent me a link to a somewhat humorous post at the ExportLawBlog about Santa Claus possibly being denied entry into the U.S. because he will have visited Cuba and delivered toys.  Before reading my comments, be sure to read “How OFAC Stole Christmas” first. My sources in North Pole advise that Saint Nick hired some top-notch attorneys …

Treasury Releases 2006 TSRA Data

Earlier this week the Department of the Treasury published data covering licensing activities undertaken pursuant to the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000 (“TSRA”) and covers activities undertaken by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) under Section 906(a)(1) of the TSRA ‘from October through December 2006. The Department says …

U.S. GAO Cuba Sanctions Study Based on Outdated Thinking, Selective Review of Law, Policies

Late last month the General Accounting Office (GAO) published a report requested by Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel (D-New York), “Economic Sanctions: Agencies Face Competing Priorities in Enforcing the U.S. Embargo on Cuba.” Statements such as the “48-year U.S. embargo” or “For nearly five decades the U.S. has maintained” U.S. sanctions on Cuba figure prominently in …

Congress Approves Sudan Divestment Legislation, Constitutional Issues?

As the 110th Congress winds down for 2007, it has approved a set of export control and economic sanctions items that are sprinkled throughout various pieces of legislation.  Yesterday, the Senate approved the Sudan Accountability and Divestment Act that had been approved in the House earlier by a vote of 411-0. The law provides a …

Context Matters

During a Senate Finance Committee hearing on U.S./Cuba policy last week, Chairman Max Baucus opened with a Publilius Syrus quote, “It is folly to punish your neighbor by fire when you live next door.”  The claim is that the U.S. is punishing Cuba with economic sanctions.  As with any quote used in this manner, context matters. …