On December 31st, the Treasury Department published a current list of countries which require or may require participation in, or cooperation with an international boycott. The Export Administration Regulations require that U.S. persons and U.S. companies refuse to participate in any foreign boycott not sanctioned by the U.S. government. For enforcement purposes, this primarily focuses on the boycott of Israel by the Arab League. Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen have all been determined by the U.S. government to currently enforce the Arab League boycott.
A U.S. person or company should not conduct any business with any company that makes inquiries about the U.S. company’s business dealings with Israel or national/residents of Israel. Any inquiries of this nature that have no bearing on normal business information may be a violation of U.S. anti-boycott laws, including inquiries that have not been responded to. Any violation, even a simple inquiry, must be reported to the U.S. Department of Commerce-Office of Anti-boycott Compliance.
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