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OFAC issues amended Venezuela-related general license and FAQ and other notices

Financial Crimes Department of Treasury OFAC Of Interest to Non-US Persons Petroleos de Venezuela Venezuela

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On January 20, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued Venezuela-related General License (GL) 5I, which supersedes GL 5H and authorizes certain transactions otherwise prohibited under Executive Orders 13835 and 13857 related to, or that provide financing for, dealings in the Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. 2020 8.5 Percent Bond on or after January 20, 2023. Concurrently, OFAC updated a Venezuela-related frequently asked question regarding GL 5I. Additionally, OFAC amended the definition of “applicable schedule amount” contained in appendix A to 31 CFR part 501​. The amendment became effective January 21.