THE JOURNAL OF EXPORT CONTROLS AND SANCTIONS

April 2012

U.S. antiboycott laws: overview and compliance strategies

U.S. and non-U.S. companies falling foul of complex and often-overlooked U.S. antiboycott regulations may face civil and criminal penalties and the loss of certain U.S. tax benefits. Kim Strosnider..

Recent efforts to overhaul U.S. export controls have received widespread attention. However, a related area of U.S. regulation has been little changed in more than 40 years and appears unlikely to be revamped any time soon: U.S. antiboycott laws and regulations, which target compliance with the Arab League boycott of Israel. Despite the lack of attention these laws and regulations receive, they can substantially impact both U.S. and non-U.S. companies. Moreover, as tensions in the Middle East continue, U.S. officials have reported receiving increased reports of boycott requests from that region and North Africa. The United States actually has two...

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