1. Home
  2. MENA Resources
  3. Maintaining Sanctions Compliance


Maintaining Sanctions Compliance in a Rapidly Changing Regulatory Environment

A Proactive Approach to the OFAC 50% Rule

Every commercial relationship has hidden risks. When it comes to trade compliance, the “50% Rule” from the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is especially problematic. This rule specifies how OFAC determines whether companies are considered blocked because they are owned by people or organizations who appear on the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) or Sectoral Sanctions Identifications (SSI) lists — even if the company itself is not on the lists.

The financial penalties for violating the 50% Rule are high — higher than any other area of trade compliance. You don’t want to get this wrong. The responsibility for compliance rests fully on the organization engaged in doing business, and compliance is very difficult.

In a dynamic regulatory environment, where direction is not always explicit, it’s extremely difficult to perform the due diligence needed to ensure proper compliance with the 50% Rule. It would be very challenging as an individual company to conduct your own research all over the globe. Such an effort would require a dedicated team and a substantial investment of time and resources. Even then, you still might not get it right because of the complexity in the relationships, the speed at which those relationships change, and the volume of the data.

How can you get started on the path toward improved compliance?

It starts with examining and understanding your own risk. Where are your biggest risks today and what do you need to block? Find a partner who can help you evaluate your level of risk and work closely with you to determine where the biggest compliance pitfalls lie — right now. Ideally, your partner should offer not only the data you need but also the automation and technology solutions necessary to put that data to work.

A robust software solution such as Thomson Reuters ONESOURCE™ Denied Party Screening can help you take proactive steps toward maximizing compliance. This advanced software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution screens more than 350 global lists for restricted persons, companies, and sanctioned or embargoed countries. Its sophisticated search engine can be fully tailored and configured to let you manage an appropriate level of risk for your company — minimizing false positives without missing actual hits.

Read more in our whitepaper below 

Let ONESOURCE Denied Party Screening help in your import and export compliance process 

By using any Thomson Reuters or its related bodies corporate (TR) website, application, including mobile application ("app"), product, software or service or, otherwise, providing us with any of your (or any other person’s) personal information you consent to our collection, use and disclosure of your personal information in accordance with (and agree to the terms of) our Privacy Statement (which can also be found at https://www.thomsonreuters.com/en/privacy-statement.html or we will provide you with a copy of our Privacy Statement if you email us at privacy.issues@thomsonreuters.com and request a copy). Do not proceed to use any of our websites, products or services or provide any personal information to us if you do not consent/agree to our Privacy Statement.

ONESOURCE Denied Party Screening (DPS)

With ONESOURCE Denied Party Screening (DPS), the process of screening international denied party lists can be easily automated. Integrating with the existing ERP, CRM, and SRM, the solution automatically triggers a screening process with the addition of or change to a customer or supplier, reducing the time-consuming process to just a fraction of seconds. It gives you the power of 300 researchers, covering 240 countries in more than 60 languages. 

Learn more about Denied Party Screening today

Discover how we can help you with your Global Trade reporting and compliance obligations.