Iran is subject to comprehensive sanctions that are administered by the Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS).

OFAC-administered Sanctions

Although BIS maintains license requirements for Iran, OFAC is responsible for administering most Iran sanctions. You are not required to seek separate authorization from BIS to export or reexport an item subject to both BIS’s Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and OFAC’s Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations (ITSR) (31 CFR Part 560). However, you will also violate the EAR if you do not obtain an OFAC authorization if one is required.

Please visit OFAC’s website for information about how to apply to OFAC for a license to export or reexport to Iran. To assist with the OFAC licensing process, BIS maintains classification guidance for medical devices, medicines, and agricultural commodities. Please note that OFAC may require you to obtain a BIS commodity classification to support an application for certain items.

BIS-administered Sanctions

You must obtain a license from BIS if you want to release (e.g., through visual inspection or oral communication) technology specified on the Commerce Control List to an Iranian national located inside the U.S. or in a third country (i.e., deemed export or deemed reexport). For example, such a release of technology could occur through an employment relationship or training or education program. Please refer to BIS’s deemed export and deemed reexport guidance for additional information. You will need a BIS license or waiver, in addition to an OFAC authorization, if a transaction involves any person on BIS’s Entity List or Denied Persons List. You may use the Consolidated Screening List to identify if any party to your transaction is on the Entity List or Denied Persons List.


For questions regarding OFAC-administered sanctions against Iran, please visit OFAC’s website or call 800-540-6322. For questions regarding BIS-administered sanctions, you may contact the Foreign Policy Division at 202-482-4252.

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