U.S. Adds Companies to Economic Blacklist for Providing WMD Activity Support in Syria

The U.S. Commerce Department has added more than a dozen companies and individuals to its trade blacklist for allegedly providing material support to chemical and biological weapons activity in Syria and diverting U.S. items to Iran without authorization.

The action from the department’s Bureau of Industry and Security bars the firms and individuals from buying components from U.S. companies without U.S. government approval.

The twenty-two entities being added are located in Bahrain, France, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Syria, Turkey, the U.A.E. and the U.K.

The End-User Review Committee (ERC), composed of representatives of the Departments of Commerce (Chair), State, Defense, Energy and, where appropriate, the Treasury, makes all decisions regarding additions to, removals from, or other modifications to the Entity List. The ERC makes all decisions to add an entry to the Entity List by majority vote and all decisions to remove or modify an entry by unanimous vote.

Dart Aviation was added to the Entity List under the destinations of France, Iran, Senegal and the U.K., because this entity “has transshipped U.S.-origin items to sanctioned destinations and entities without the required authorizations.”

The ERC determined to add Safe Technical Supply Co., LLC to the Entity List under the destinations of Oman, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, as this entity “has been involved in the proliferation of unsafeguarded nuclear activities.”

The ERC determined to add Marzoghi, Ltd. and Mohammed Marzoghi to the Entity List under the destination of Bahrain; to also add Mohammed Marzoghi under the destination of the U.A.E. and to add Abdullah Poor Nagar, Al Ras Gate General Trading, Bestway Line FZCO, and Khaled Al Taher under the destination of the U.A.E. as well; and to add Eslem Global Pazarlama Sanayi ve Ticaret and Mehmet Yari under the destination of Turkey. The ERC determined that these eight entities knowingly divert U.S. origin items to Iran without authorization and are therefore unreliable recipients of U.S.-origin goods and technology.

The ERC determined to add to the Entity List EDO-ELEMED, Elemed Liban, Rahal Corporation for Technology and Medical Supplies, and Rahal Establishment under the destinations of Lebanon and Syria, and to add The Jordanian Lebanese Company for Laboratory Instruments S.A.L. under the destination of Jordan. The ERC determined that these five entities have been involved in providing material support to chemical and biological weapons activity in Syria.

Engineering Equipment (Private) Limited, Fabcon International, Muhandis Corporation, Paktech Engineers, and Rohtas Enterprise were added to the Entity List under the destination of Pakistan. The ERC determined these five entities have been involved in supporting unsafeguarded nuclear activities.

Techlink Communications and Techlinks, which were previously erroneously identified as aliases for Technology Links Pvt. Ltd., were added to the Entity List in individual entries under the destination of Pakistan.

Read more at Reuters and the Federal Register.

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