Ventspils Freeport Authority is now blocked under the Executive Order and thus all property and interests in property that are in the US or possession of US persons of the designated persons/entities and any entities owned 50% or more, directly or indirectly, by them are blocked.
The EO also applies to non-US entities through the imposition of sanctions against any person who is determined to have materially helped or provided financial, material or technological support for, or goods or services in support of, among others, any person whose property and interests in property are blocked under the EO.
OFAC have also issued Global Magnitsky General License No 1 (GL1), which authorises certain transactions and activities that are ordinarily incident and necessary to the wind down activities involving Ventspils Freeport Authority until 12:01am Eastern Standard Time on 8 January 2020.
Namely, as the Standard Club informs, citing information from Pandi Balt, Ventspils Freeport Authorities have been included into the sanctions list of US Office of Foreign Assets Control. Specifically, Latvian Government has decided to take over management of the Ventspils port, because of the inclusion of the Ventspils Freeport Authorities to the sanctions list.
The background of the sanctions is an activity of the Ventspils city Mayor, against who several criminal processes and trials started in Latvia. He is one of the Board Members of the Ventspils Freeport Authorities, but recently has announced his decision to resign.
Now, Latvia is in a process of negotiations with US Authorities regarding exclusion of the Ventspils Freeport Authorities from the sanctions list. According to the official information of the Latvian Financial and Capital Market Commission, currently bank accounts of the Ventspils Freeport Authorities are blocked.
We expect that this situation will be solved soon and we recommend to the club’s members to wait while situation is solved prior to make any payment to the Ventspils Freeport Authorities
Standard Club concluded.