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 Burma (Myanmar) Sanctions - SANCTIONS PROGRAM ENDED AS OF 10/7/2016

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The President has signed an Executive Order entitled, "Termination of Emergency With Respect to the Actions and Policies of the Government of Burma.
(October 7, 2016)
 Frequently Asked Questions

OFAC has compiled hundreds of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about its sanctions programs and related policies.  The links below send the user to specific FAQs on Burma as well as the entire list of OFAC's FAQs.

Sanctions Brochures

Sanctions Brochures are an overview of OFAC's regulations with regard to the Burma sanctions.  They are useful quick reference tools. 

Interpretive Guidance

OFAC issues interpretive guidance on specific issues related to the sanctions programs it administers.  These interpretations of OFAC policy are sometimes published in response to a public request for guidance or may be released proactively by OFAC in order to address a complex topic.

Applying for a Specific OFAC License

It may be in your and the U.S. government’s interest to authorize particular economic activity related to the Burma sanctions.  Certain activities related to the Burma sanctions may be allowed if they are licensed by OFAC.  Visit the link below to apply for an OFAC license.

General Licenses

OFAC issues general licenses in order to authorize activities that would otherwise be prohibited with regard to the Burma.  General licenses allow all US persons to engage in the activity described in the general license without needing to apply for a specific license.

Guidance on OFAC Licensing Policy

Certain activities related to the Burma sanctions may be allowed if they are licensed by OFAC.  Below OFAC has issued guidance and statements on specific licensing policies as they relate to Burma.
  • Licenses for Legal Fees and Costs - Guidance on the Release of Limited Amounts of Blocked Funds for Payment of Legal Fees and Costs Incurred in  Challenging the Blocking of U.S. Persons in Administrative or Civil Proceedings
  • Entities Owned By Blocked Persons - Guidance On Entities Owned By Persons Whose Property And Interests In Property Are Blocked

Executive Orders, Statutes, Rules and Regulations Relating to Burma 

The Burma sanctions program represents the implementation of multiple legal authorities.  Some of these authorities are in the form of executive orders issued by the President.  Other authorities are public laws (statutes) passed by The Congress.  These authorities are further codified by OFAC in its regulations which are published the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).  Modifications to these regulations are posted in the Federal Register.   

 Executive Orders

  • 13742 - Termination of Emergency With Respect to the Actions and Policies of the Government of Burma
  • 13651 - Prohibiting Certain Imports of Burmese Jadeite and Rubies (Effective Date - August 7, 2013)
  • 13619 Executive Order Blocking Property of Persons Threatening the Peace, Security, or Stability Of Burma (Effective Date - July 11, 2012)
  • 13464 Blocking Property And Prohibiting Certain Transactions Related To Burma (Effective Date - May 1, 2008)
  • 13448 Blocking Property and Prohibiting Certain Transactions Related to Burma (Effective Date - October 19, 2007)
  • 13310 Blocking Property of the Government of Burma and Prohibiting Certain Transactions (Effective Date - July 29, 2003)
  • 13047 Prohibiting New Investment in Burma (Effective Date - May 21, 1997)  ​



Code of Federal Regulations

  • 31 CFR Part 537 - Removal of Burmese Sanctions Regulations (Effective June 16, 2017)

Federal Register Notices

  • 82 FR 27613-17 - Removal of Burmese Sanctions Regulations
  • 81 FR 31169-16 - Amending the Burmese Sanctions Regulations to add and incorporate general licenses
  • 79 FR 37106-14 - Amending and reissuing in their entirety the Burmese Sanctions Regulations, 31 C.F.R. part 537
  • 72 FR 50047-07 - Revision to the general license for certain publishing activities
  • 72 FR 34376-07 - Amendment related to the issuance of specific licenses for the importation of animals and specimens
  • 70 FR 48240-05 - Burmese Sanctions Regulations
Last Updated: 8/10/2017 11:00 AM

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