U.S. Issues New North Korean and Syrian Shipping Advisories

27 March 2019
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Key takeaways:
  • The U.S. Government has issued updated guidance to the petroleum, shipping and maritime insurance industries regarding evasion of sanctions by the governments of North Korea and Syria.
  • Building on previous versions, the advisories describe practices used to conceal the origin and destination of illicit cargo, including ship-to-ship transfers and the disabling or manipulating of a ship’s Automatic Identification System.
  • The advisories now recommend best practices to maritime insurers, oil traders and others for detecting and avoiding potentially noncompliant transactions.