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 Counter Narcotics Trafficking Sanctions

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Sanctions Brochures and Lists of Narcotics Traffickers

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

Frequently Asked Questions

OFAC has compiled hundreds of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about its sanctions programs and related policies.  The link below sends the user to the entire list of OFAC's FAQs.

Important Notices

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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 Iran.  Certain activities related to Iran 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 Counter Narcotics Trafficking Sanctions. 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 Counter Narcotics Trafficking 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 the Counter Narcotics Trafficking Sanctions.

Impact Reports 

OFAC occasionally produces reports that demonstrate the impact of economic sanctions.  The report below is related to the impact of the Counter Narcotics Trafficking Sanctions.

Press Charts   

OFAC releases charts of the players in and structures of Narcotics Trafficking Organizations with its press releases.

2020 Press Charts

2019 Press Charts 

2018 Press Charts

 Archive of Press Charts from 2017 - 2002

Reports to the Congress

OFAC occasionally transmits reports to the Congress regarding the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act.

Executive Orders, Statutes, Rules and Regulations Relating to the Counter Narcotics Trafficking Sanctions

The Counter Narcotics Trafficking Sanctions represent 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

  • 12978 Blocking Assets and Prohibiting Transactions With Significant Narcotics Traffickers (Effective Date - October 22, 1995) 


Code of Federal Regulations

Federal Register Notices

  • 80 FR 29201-15 - Delegation of Functions Under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act
  • 71 FR 29251-06 - Revisions to IEEPA made by the Combating Terrorism Financing Act of 2005
Last Updated: 7/17/2020 10:36 AM