[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 170 (Tuesday, September 3, 2013)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 54199-54200]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-21363]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

Office of Foreign Assets Control

31 CFR Parts 538 and 560


Effectiveness of Licensing Procedures for Exportation of 
Agricultural Commodities, Medicine, and Medical Devices to Sudan and 
Iran; Comment Request

AGENCY: Office of Foreign Assets Control, Treasury.

ACTION: Request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Office of Foreign Assets Control (``OFAC'') of the U.S. 
Department of the Treasury is soliciting comments on the effectiveness 
of OFAC's licensing procedures for the exportation of agricultural 
commodities, medicine, and medical devices to Sudan and Iran. Pursuant 
to section 906(c) of the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement 
Act of 2000 (Title IX of Pub. L. 106-387, 22 U.S.C. 7201 et seq.) (the 
``Act''), OFAC is required to submit a biennial report to the Congress 
on the operation of licensing procedures for such exports.

DATES: Written comments should be received on or before October 3, 2013 
to be assured of consideration.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods:
    Federal eRulemaking Portal: www.regulations.gov.
    Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
    Fax: Attn: Request for Comments (TSRA) (202) 622-0091.
    Mail: Attn: Request for Comments (TSRA), Office of Foreign Assets 
Control, Department of the Treasury, 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20220.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information 
about these licensing procedures should be directed to the Licensing 
Division, Office of Foreign Assets Control, Department of the Treasury, 
1500 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20220, telephone: (202) 
622-2480 (not a toll free number). Additional information about these 
licensing procedures is also available at www.treasury.gov/tsra.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The current procedures used by OFAC for 
authorizing the export of agricultural commodities, medicine, and 
medical devices to Sudan and Iran are set forth in 31 CFR 538.523-526 
and 31 CFR 560.530-533. Under the provisions of section 906(c) of the 
Act, OFAC must submit a biennial report to the Congress on the 
operation, during the preceding two-year period, of the licensing 
procedures required by section 906 of the Act for the export of 
agricultural commodities, medicine, and medical devices to Sudan and 
Iran. This report is to include:
    (1) The number and types of licenses applied for;
    (2) The number and types of licenses approved;
    (3) The average amount of time elapsed from the date of filing of a 
license application until the date of its approval;
    (4) The extent to which the licensing procedures were effectively 
implemented; and
    (5) A description of comments received from interested parties 
about the extent to which the licensing procedures were effective, 
after holding a public 30-day comment period.
    This notice solicits comments from interested parties regarding the 
effectiveness of OFAC's licensing procedures for the export of 
agricultural commodities, medicine, and medical devices to Sudan and 
Iran for the time period of October 1, 2010 to September 30, 2012. 
Interested parties submitting

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comments are asked to be as specific as possible. In the interest of 
accuracy and completeness, OFAC requires written comments. All comments 
received on or before October 3, 2013 will be considered by OFAC in 
developing the report to the Congress. Consideration of comments 
received after the end of the comment period cannot be assured.
    All comments made will be a matter of public record. OFAC will not 
accept comments accompanied by a request that part or all of the 
comments be treated confidentially because of their business 
proprietary nature or for any other reason; OFAC will return such 
comments when submitted by regular mail to the person submitting the 
comments and will not consider them.
    Copies of past biennial reports may be obtained from OFAC's Web 
site (www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Pages/lic-agmed-index.aspx). If that Web site is unavailable, written requests 
may be sent to: Office of Foreign Assets Control, U.S. Department of 
the Treasury, 1500 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20220, Attn: 
Andrea Gacki, Assistant Director for Licensing.

    Note:  On October 12, 2011, OFAC issued a general license 
authorizing the export of most food items to Iran and Sudan. 
Subsequent to the close of the reporting period, OFAC issued 
additional general licenses on October 22, 2012, authorizing the 
export of medicine and basic medical supplies to Iran. See 31 CFR 
560.530(a)(2)-(3) and 31 CFR 538.523(a)(3). Accordingly, specific 
licenses are no longer required for these exports.


    Approved: August 26, 2013.
Adam J. Szubin,
Director, Office of Foreign Assets Control.
[FR Doc. 2013-21363 Filed 8-30-13; 8:45 am]
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