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Beware of the Qatar Boycott: Stay Clear of Potential EAR Part 760 Boycott Violations

On June 5 2017, the  United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain effectively cut ties with the Gulf state of Qatar based on an allegation that Qatar has been supporting terrorist organizations and the Iranian regime. Among other sanctions, these three countries have adopted a boycott of trade through Qatari ports, a travel ban imposed on Qatari citizens, and a ban on Qatari aircraft from landing rights in the three countries. Under a highly byzantine and archaic section of the US Export Administration Regulations (i.e. Part 760.2 of the EAR) no U.S. person may refuse to do business with or in a boycotted country when such boycott is not recognized as legitimate […]