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The U.S.-imposed sanctions on South Sudan, dated July 1, 2014, do not target the country itself, nor are they directed towards South Sudanese institutions. Rather, they target persons and entities responsible for the civil conflict and those who support them. Since gaining independence from Sudan on July 9, 2011, South Sudan has been marked by widespread violence and atrocities, human rights abuses, recruitment and use of child soldiers, attacks on peacekeepers, and the obstruction of humanitarian aid. U.S. President Barack Obama recognized that the situation in South Sudan posed an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States and declared a national emergency on April 3, 2014, to deal with that threat.

South Sudan Sanctions: Executive Orders

  • 13664—Blocking Property of Certain Persons with Respect to South Sudan (April 3, 2014)

South Sudan Sanctions: Statutes

  • International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), 50 U.S.C. §§ 1701-1706
  • National Emergencies Act (NEA), 50 U.S.C. §§ 1601-1651

South Sudan Sanctions: Code of Federal Regulations

  • 31 CFR 558—South Sudan Sanctions Regulations

South Sudan Sanctions: Federal Register Notices

  • 79 FR 37190-14—Final rule adding the South Sudan Sanctions Regulations

Note: This information is provided for reference only.

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