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On February 6, 2019, the Treasury Department published in the Federal Register  a current list of countries which require or may require participation in, or cooperation with, an international boycott (within the meaning of section 999(b)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986). On the basis of the best information currently available to Treasury, the following countries require or may require participation in, or cooperation with, an international boycott (within the meaning of section 999(b)(3)…

On July 9, 2018, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published in the Federal Register a final rule [CBP Dec. 18-07] that amends the CBP regulations to continue the import restrictions on archaeological and ethnological material from Libya previously imposed on an emergency basis in a final rule published on December 5, 2017 (82 Fed. Reg. 57346). These restrictions are being imposed pursuant to an agreement between the United States and Libya that has been entered into on February 23, 2018, under the authority of the Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act (19 U.S.C. 2601 et seq.). The document also contains the Designated List of Archaeological and Ethnological Material of Libya that describes the articles to which the restrictions apply. Accordingly, the final rule amends the CBP regulations by removing Libya from the listing of countries for which emergency actions imposed the import restrictions, and adding Libya to the list of countries for which an agreement has been entered into for imposing import restrictions. Import restrictions are being imposed for a five-year period (until February 23, 2023).

On May 16, 2018, the Department of the Treasury published in the Federal Register, in accordance with section 999(a)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (IRC), a current list of countries which require or may require participation in, or cooperation with, an international boycott (within the meaning of section 999(b)(3) of the IRC). On the basis of the best information currently available to Treasury, the following countries require or may require participation in, or…

The European Council (the “Council”) today introduced restrictions on the export and supply to Libya of inflatable boats (dinghies) and outboard motors to further disrupt the activity of people smugglers and human traffickers. The restrictions, adopted on 17 July 2017, will allow EU member states to legally prevent the export or supply of these goods to Libya where there are reasonable grounds to believe that they will be used in such activity.

On June 16, 2017, the Department of State published in the Federal Register a notice [Public Notice: 10039] informing the public that Government of Libya has made a request to the Government of the United States under Article 9 of the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property.

On June 5, 2017, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain followed by the United Arab Emirates, Egypt  Yemen, and one of Libya’s interim governments cut diplomatic relations with, and trade ties with Qatar. The UAE issued a statement which said it was “based on the insistence of the State of Qatar to continue to undermine the security and stability of the region.”  In the statement the UAE said the following steps were taken: