Home | News    Friday 15 January 2021

US Commerce Department to lift terror-related export restrictions on Sudan


January 14, 2021 (WASHINGTON) – The United States Department of Commerce (DoC) is set to publish an amendment to its regulations that would eliminate export restrictions that were imposed on Sudan because of its previous inclusion on the U.S. list of states that sponsor terrorism.

The White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) had cleared the amendment for publication on December 21st after an 18 days review.

President Donald Trump notified Congress in late October of his decision to rescind Sudan’s terror designation, but it only took effect on December 14th after U.S. Secretary of State published a formal notice on the matter.

However, the impact of rescission could not be immediately felt by Sudan without amendment of the controls put in place and enforced by the DoC’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) that prohibits a wide array of exports to the East African nation without permission in the form of a license.

These restricted exports include electronics, computer software, agricultural commodities, medicine, medical devices and other technological items.

BIS said it in its new rule that is scheduled to be published next Tuesday that is amending the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to implement Sudan’s removal from the terrorism blacklist.

“Accordingly, BIS amends the EAR by removing Anti-Terrorism (AT) controls on the country and by removing Sudan from Country Group E:1 (Terrorist supporting countries)” BIS said.

“Additionally, it adds Sudan to Country Group B in Supplement No. 1 to part 740. As a general matter, countries in Country Group B are eligible for a greater number of license exceptions, and they are subject to relatively less stringent license review policies”.

Despite the lifting of the comprehensive economic sanctions in 2017, many U.S. companies maintained rules that prohibited any dealings with Sudan because of the terrorism designation.

“Today, Sudan is not subject to any economic sanctions administered by OFAC, however, Sudan is still subject to export licensing requirements imposed by BIS for U.S. exports of most items, software and technology.” Apple Inc. says on its website.

In an emailed response to the Sudan Tribune last month, the business software maker Oracle Corp. said that it is waiting on BIS to amend its rules regarding Sudan before removing the latter from the list of prohibited destinations.


Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.

Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis

Darfuris call for protection in vain 2021-01-21 06:45:46 By Mohamed Osman “It is the same as in the old days,” Adam Rojal, a coordinator in an internally displaced community in Sudan’s Darfur region told me recently, describing ongoing violence from (...)

Invisible female victims of armed militia attacks in Darfur 2021-01-08 15:19:56 By SIHA Network* On October 19th 2020, an armed group burned down the IDP camps of Oum Assal, Babanousa and Om Zegerat in Gerida locality. Gerida locality is composed of a number of villages (...)

Account Inventory for December Revolution in Sudan 2020-12-19 20:34:35 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman This article comes against the backdrop of Sudan's Third Revolution as some like to call it, two years later during which Much has been achieved but risks still remain, (...)


Latest Press Releases

Sudan: Performing arts is not a crime, assaulting women and artists is! 2020-09-20 08:54:28 The Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA) Sudan is still struggling with militant Islamist ideology KHARTOUM: Central Khartoum Primary Court issued a verdict against five (...)

Civil Society Statement in Response to The Law of Various Amendments 2020-08-14 07:11:00 A Collaborative Civil Society Statement in Response to The Law of Various Amendments (Abolishing and Amending Provisions Restricting Freedom) – Exposing ‘a wolf in sheep’s clothing’ Sudanese women (...)

Remarks by SRF leaders at the Friend of Sudan meeting on peace 2020-08-13 07:58:58 Chairman of the Friends of Sudan Conference, Your Excellency, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, The Prime Minister of Sudan and the participating team from the (...)


Copyright © 2003-2021 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.