Financial sanctions, FAQs

This document contains frequently asked questions on financial sanctions, such as who must comply with financial sanctions in the UK.


Financial sanctions, FAQs

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As well as providing definitions, this document answers the questions below:

  • Who must comply with financial sanctions in place in the UK?
  • Can HM Treasury request information from any person in or resident in the UK to facilitate compliance with financial sanctions legislation?
  • Is it an offence to make funds available to a target of financial sanctions legislation?
  • What are the penalties for committing an offence under financial sanctions legislation?
  • Are United Nations Security Council Resolutions and European Union Regulations directly applicable in UK law?
  • What is the difference between a name match and a target match?
  • What are the reporting requirements for name or target matches?
  • How often do I need to scan my customer database for possible target matches?
  • Should an institution always contact HM Treasury if we have found a name match or a possible target match?
  • How often is the Treasury’s consolidated list of targets updated?
  • In what formats does the Treasury provide a consolidated list of targets?
  • Does the European Union maintain its own consolidated list of targets?
  • Is the Treasury consolidated list of targets the same as that published by the European Union and the United States Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)?
  • Does the Treasury have a web-based consolidated list search engine?
  • What is a licence?
  • How do I apply for a licence?