JCPOA is an international agreement on the nuclear program of Iran reached in 2015, between Iran, the EU, and the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council  - China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, United States - plus Germany).

However, the UK Club informed, a full assessment of the likely impact of the decision will only be possible following receipt of clarification of the position of the remaining JCPOA partners, who have recently reaffirmed their support for the JCPOA, together with further clarification from the US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in relation to the management of the "wind-down" periods envisaged under the decision.

An FAQ document, published by OFAC yesterday, indicates that following a 180 day ‘wind-down’ period running up to 4th November 2018, sanctions will be restored (including secondary sanctions directed against non-US persons) in relation to specified activities and entities in relation to which relief was granted under the JCPOA. This includes:

  • sanctions against Iran’s ports operators, and shipping and shipbuilding sectors; sanctions against IRISL and South Shipping Line
  • sanctions on petroleum-related transactions with, among others, the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), Naftiran Intertrade Company (NICO), and National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) including the purchase of petroleum, petroleum products, or petrochemical products from Iran
  • sanctions on the provision of underwriting services, insurance, or reinsurance

The International Group Clubs will continue to monitor developments and further guidance will be provided when there is greater clarity. In the meantime, however, Members should take care before entering into any new Iran related fixture to ensure that they only do so with up to date legal advice on sanctions compliance.

Further details may be found herebelow: