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January 2011

Trade Embargoes / Economic Sanctions

The U.S. Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) administers a variety of trade embargoes and economic sanctions programs that are applied to some countries. UPS is unable to service countries that are subject to comprehensive OFAC trade embargoes or where the economic sanctions imposed by OFAC make it difficult for UPS to ensure 100% compliance. There are currently two countries fully embargoed by OFAC: Iran and Cuba. There are currently four countries subject to complicated OFAC economic sanctions that force UPS to suspend service completely: Myanmar/Burma, North Korea, Somalia and Sudan. The service suspension applies to exports and imports.

It is the policy of UPS (all U.S. and non-U.S. subsidiaries / branches) to comply with both the letter and the spirit of OFAC trade embargoes and economic sanctions. The UPS service ban on the countries noted above includes the transport of mail or parcels to individuals, institutions, organizations, embassies and consulates of the restricted country in a non-restricted third country (example: UPS cannot deliver packages to the embassy of Iran in Ottawa, Canada).

An exception is permitted for approved shipments transported via SCS air/ocean forwarding services. Request for approval can be made by the UPS salesperson via the Embargoed and Sanctioned Country Matrix and Approval Form found on the UPS Customs and Trade Compliance intranet site.

Penalties for non-compliance with OFAC trade embargoes and economic sanctions are substantial, and may be assessed against UPS and/or individuals employed by UPS. It is the responsibility of all UPS employees to comply with this policy. Questions about OFAC trade embargoes and economic sanctions can be directed to the U.S. Government, UPS Corporate Legal Department or UPS International Marketing.

Note: there are additional countries where UPS bans or limits service; however, the decision to ban/limit service in these countries is not based on government regulations, but other conditions that make it very difficult to provide service.


NOTE: Information provided by UPS is provided AS IS, may not be current, and does not constitute legal advice. In no event shall UPS be liable for any errors in the information, forms or features made available by UPS, or by any third party site linked to from UPS. Selection and completion of proper forms for any given shipment is the sole responsibility of the shipper. All shipments are subject to the UPS Terms and Conditions of Service in effect at the time of shipping for the country of origin.
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