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OFAC issues guidance on the Russian price cap policy for crude oil; issues Russia-related general licenses

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On November 22, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) published a Determination Pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 14071 concerning the implementation of a price cap policy for crude oil of Russian Federation origin. The determination states that the prohibitions of E.O. 14071 apply to U.S. persons providing covered services (including (i) trading/commodities brokering; (ii) financing; (iii) shipping; (iv) insurance, including reinsurance and protection and indemnity; (v) flagging; and (vi) customs brokering) as they relate to the maritime transport of Russian Federation crude oil,  provided, however, that such covered services are authorized if the Russian oil is purchased at or below the price cap. Additionally, OFAC published guidance on the implementation of a policy for crude oil of Russian Federation origin to provide an overview of the determination and the price cap. OFAC also issued Russia-related General License (GL) 55GL 56, and GL 57. GL 55 authorizes certain services related to Sakhalin-2; GL 56 authorizes certain services with respect to the European Union; and GL 57 authorizes certain services related to vessel emergencies.