WASHINGTON - Secretary of
State Clinton announced September 26 that the United States would begin the
process of easing restrictions on imports of Burmese goods in response to the
substantial and significant reforms that have taken place in that country over
the past year. Today, the United States
has taken another step in the normalization of our bilateral economic relationship
by broadly authorizing Burmese-origin goods to enter the United States for the
first time in almost a decade. The government
of Burma and Burmese leadership, including Aung San Suu Kyi, have expressed a
desire that the import ban be eased in order to further integrate their country
into the global economy.
joint actions by the Departments of State and Treasury are intended to support
the Burmese government’s ongoing reform efforts and to encourage further
change, as well as to offer new opportunities for Burmese and American
businesses. President Thein Sein’s government
has released hundreds of political prisoners, removed pre-publication
censorship requirements for the press, and enacted a labor law that permits the
formation of labor unions. The government
has also passed a new Foreign Investment Law, and is making efforts to join the
Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. It has established ceasefire agreements with
ten armed ethnic groups, is pursuing negotiations with the last major ethnic
armed group that has not yet signed a ceasefire agreement, and is establishing
mechanisms to work toward a sustainable ethnic reconciliation process. Steps have been taken toward democratization;
the parliamentary by-elections held in April 2012 were largely free and fair,
and 43 opposition party members were elected to Parliament.
light of these positive changes, the United States is issuing a waiver and general
license to ease the ban on imports into the United States of products from
Burma required by section 3(a) of the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003
(BFDA) and implemented by Executive Order 13310 of July 28, 2003. However, as concerns about some areas of
trade with respect to Burma remain, this waiver and license do not affect the existing
prohibitions and restrictions on the importation of jadeite and rubies mined or
extracted from Burma, and on articles of jewelry containing them, imposed by the
Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE (Junta’s Anti-Democratic Efforts) Act of 2008,
which amended the BFDA. We are committed to working with the Government of
Burma to address these concerns.
U.S. government is closely monitoring and supporting Burma’s progress on
reform, and the core authorities underlying our sanctions remain in place. Despite positive changes, the United States
remains concerned about corruption, remaining political prisoners, continued
military ties to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and ethnic
conflict. U.S. policy remains
calibrated, and through the Treasury Department’s Specially Designated Persons
(SDN) list, the United States will take steps to exclude those who continue to
perpetrate the violence, oppression, and corrupt practices of the past from
participating in our countries’ growing bilateral diplomatic and economic ties.
U.S. persons are still prohibited from
engaging in transactions with persons included on the SDN list, as well as any
entity in which such a person owns, directly or indirectly, a 50 percent or
greater interest. The SDN list is
available at www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/SDN-List/Pages/default.aspx.
United States is committed to supporting positive political and economic
reforms in Burma, and we urge the Burmese Government to continue this progress
by implementing measures that increase socio-economic development, promote
government transparency and accountability, protect human rights, and advance
ethnic reconciliation across the country.
General License No. 18 Authorizes the
Importation of Products of Burma
Department of State, pursuant to a delegation of authority from the President,
has waived the ban on the importation of products of Burma set forth in section
3(a) of the BFDA.
with this waiver, the Treasury Department has issued General License No. 18 (GL
18) authorizing the importation into the United States of any article that is a
product of Burma, subject to certain limitations. GL 18 does not authorize the importation into
the United States of jadeite or rubies mined or extracted from Burma, or of
articles of jewelry containing jadeite or rubies mined or extracted from Burma
or any other activity prohibited by Section 3A of the BFDA, an amendment added by
the Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE (Junta’s Anti-Democratic Efforts) Act of
2008. GL 18 also does not authorize
transactions with any person blocked under the Burma sanctions program.
Changes to the List of Specially
Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons
the Treasury Department is designating seven entities and updating an
additional alias to an already-sanctioned entity. The seven newly-designated entities that have
been added to the SDN List include front companies owned or controlled by
Steven Law and Tay Za.
Ocean Pte Ltd., Great Success Pte. Ltd., Green Luck Trading Company, and Gold
Energy Co. Ltd. are front companies controlled by Steven Law, a crony of the
former regime designated on February 25, 2008.
Gold Ocean Pte Ltd is the primary front company used to transfer money
between Steven Law’s companies, foreign companies, and Burmese state-run
organizations. China Focus Development Ltd. is the new name for Golden Aaron
Pte. Ltd., a company identified as blocked property on February 25, 2008 and
owned by Cecilia Ng, the wife of Steven Law.
Pioneer Impex Pte. Ltd., Terrestrial Pte. Ltd., and Asia Green Development Bank
are companies owned or controlled by Tay Za, a crony of the former regime who was
sanctioned on October 18, 2007. Tay Za
uses his Singapore-based companies, Asia Pioneer Impex Pte. Ltd. and
Terrestrial Pte. Ltd., to conduct business transactions. He began trading under the name Terrestrial
Pte. Ltd. following financial sanctions against Pavo Trading in 2008.
The Treasury Department has added the
following names to its List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked
ASIA PIONEER IMPEX PTE. LTD., 10 Anson
Road, #23-16 International Plaza, Singapore
079903, Singapore [BURMA].
TERRESTRIAL PTE. LTD., 3 Raffles
Place, #06-01 Bharat Building, Singapore
048617, Singapore; 10 Anson Road, #23-16 International Plaza,
Singapore 079903, Singapore [BURMA].
ASIA GREEN DEVELOPMENT BANK (a.k.a. AGD
168 Thiri Yatanar Shopping Complex, Zabu Thiri Township, Nay Pyi Taw, Burma;
73/75 Sule Pagoda Road, Pabedan Township, Yangon, Burma; SWIFT/BIC AGDB MM MY
GOLD ENERGY CO. LTD., No. 74 Lan Thit
Road, Insein Township, Rangoon, Burma; Taungngu (Tungoo) Branch, Karen State,
GOLD OCEAN PTE LTD, 101 Cecil
Street #08-08, Tong Eng Building, Singapore
069533, Singapore; 1 Scotts Road, #21-07/08 Shaw Centre, Singapore 228208, Singapore [BURMA].
GREAT SUCCESS PTE. LTD., 1 Scotts
Road, #21/07-08 Shaw Centre, Singapore, 228208, Singapore; 101 Cecil Street
#08-08, Tong Eng Building, Singapore, 069533, Singapore [BURMA].
GREEN LUCK TRADING COMPANY (a.k.a. GREEN
LUCK TRADING COMPANY LIMITED), No. 61/62 Bahosi Development, Wadan
Street, Lanmadaw Township, Rangoon, Burma; No. 74 Lan Thit Street, Insein
Township, Rangoon, Burma [BURMA].
The Treasury Department has amended the
following name on its List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked
GOLDEN AARON PTE. LTD. (a.k.a. CHINA
FOCUS DEVELOPMENT; a.k.a. CHINA FOCUS DEVELOPMENT LIMITED; a.k.a. CHINA FOCUS
3 Shenton Way, 10-01, Shenton House, Singapore 068805, Singapore; 101 Cecil
Street, 08-08 Tong Eng Building, Singapore 069533, Singapore; Unit 2612A,
Kuntai International Center, No. 12 Chaowai Street, Chaoyang District, Beijing
100020, China [BURMA] [JADE].