Economic Sanctions and Embargoes


The following scenarios describe activities that can run up against U.S. Government country-based sanctions:

  1. While at home during recess, an undergraduate student conducts a series of interviews to gather data for her thesis; she records the data on her laptop.  If the student’s home is in a country that has been sanctioned by the U.S. Government, bringing her laptop to that country and collecting research data may be prohibited.  Check the U.S. Department of Treasury’s OFAC website for a list of currently sanctioned countries. Additionally, U.S. export controls may prohibit the student from bringing her laptop (even if she isn’t collecting data) into a sanctioned country.  For specific guidance, use the Contact Us link on the right. 
  2. A faculty member is conducting research overseas and wishes to hire the services of a driver or research assistant.  Verify in advance whether the destination country is sanctioned by the U.S. Government and, if so, whether the sanctions allow for transaction of goods and services into or within the country or whether it is possible to apply for a license.  You will also need to take reasonable steps to ensure the individual you hire is not subject to sanctions.  Check the U.S. Department of Treasury’s OFAC website for a list of currently sanctioned countries.

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