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May 11, 2008 

OFAC Issues Amendment to Burma General License 14 and New Burma General License Number 15

On Friday, OFAC issued an Amended Version of General License Number 14 issued under the Burmese Sanctions Regulations . This amended general license permits U.S. persons to make donations in support of not-for-profit humanitarian or religious activities in Burma (Myanmar), subject to certain conditions. The previously issued General License 14 authorized the transfer of funds in support of not-for-profit humanitarian or religious activities in Burma only if they involved U.S. or third-country NGOs. This amended general license expands the authorization for a period of 120 days to allow funding to any organization or individual engaged in not-for-profit humanitarian or religious activities in Burma, subject to certain conditions. Upon the expiration of Amended General License 14, the terms of the original General License 14 will remain in effect.

On a related note, OFAC also issued a new general license, General License Number 15, that allows U.S. financial institutions to process transfers of funds in unlimited amounts for noncommercial, personal remittances to or from Burma, or for or on behalf of an individual ordinarily resident in Burma, subject to certain conditions. Prior to the issuance of this general license, noncommercial, personal remittances to Burma were permitted only insofar as total remittances did not exceed $300 per Burmese household in any consecutive three-month period. This new general license includes no such limitation.

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