Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Overview

Event Information

U.S. Commercial Service


Wed., May 3, 2023, 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm EDT

Part of the ITA's Export Compliance Webinar 10-Part Series

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions based on U.S. foreign policy and national security goals against targeted foreign countries and regimes, terrorists, international narcotics traffickers; those engaged in activities related to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction; and other threats to the national security, foreign policy or economy of the United States.

OFAC acts under Presidential national emergency powers, as well as authority granted by specific legislation, to impose controls on transactions and freeze assets under U.S. jurisdiction. Many of the sanctions are based on United Nations and other international mandates, are multilateral in scope, and involve close cooperation with allied governments.

The presentation will address:

  • OFAC Basics
  • Comprehensive Sanctions Programs
  • Sanctions Compliance Strategies
  • ITAR Licensing and Exemptions
  • OFAC Enforcement Overview
  • OFAC Sanctions Resources
  • Q&A


  • Alfredo Fernandez, Partner, Shipman & Goodwin LLP
  • John Rutherford, Associate, Shipman & Goodwin LLP


  • $30

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