Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism, Sanctions, Export and Trade Controls and Countering Proliferation
The Isle of Man Government is strongly committed to fulfilling its international obligations with regard to –
- sanctions regimes, and denying terrorist groups access to the financial system;
- countering the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction; and
- having effective controls on the export and trade in military equipment, dual-use items, and other goods of concern.
The persons and organisations believed to be responsible for, or implicated in terrorist activities or the funding of such activities, are the subject of various United Nations (UN) and European Union (EU) measures.
On 28 September 2001, the UN Security Council adopted Security Council Resolution 1373 (2001). This instructed countries to take the necessary steps to freeze funds belonging to individuals and entities suspected of –
- committing, or
- posing a significant risk of committing, or
- providing material support
for acts of terrorism.
The EU also adopted similar legislation as Council Regulation 2580/2001/EC. Both Resolution 1373 and Council Regulation 2580/2001/EC were given effect in Island law. The Terrorist Asset-Freezing Etc Act 2010 (of Parliament), as extended to the Island with modifications, is now used to designate individuals and entities who are subject to sanctions measures in the Island. This would include those designated by the UN under Resolution 1373, by the EU under Council Regulation 2580/2001/EC, or by the Isle of Man Treasury under section 1 of the Act.
The Terrorist Asset-Freezing Etc Act 2010 (of Parliament), as extended to the Island with modifications, is now used to designate those individuals and entities who are subject to sanctions measures in the Island. This would include those designated by the UN under Resolution 1373, by the EU under Council Regulation 2580/2001/EC, or by the Isle of Man Treasury under section 1 of the Act.
UN and EU sanctions against members of the Taliban in Afghanistan, and against members or supporters of Al-Qaida, have also been given effect in Island law.
As a matter of policy, the Government of the Island has decided that lists of individuals and entities subject to sanctions, including sanctions imposed because of involvement in terrorism or connections to the Taliban or Al-Qaida, will be maintained so that they correspond to the Consolidated List published by HM Treasury in the UK.
Financial institutions in the Island are obliged to check whether they maintain accounts for any listed individual, and if so they must freeze the accounts and report their findings to the Customs and Excise Division.
The law and procedure dealing with the export of military or other goods of concern and technology or dual-use items, or trafficking or brokering in such things, also correspond to those in place in the UK.
The lead agency with regard to trade and financial sanctions within the Isle of Man, and for export and trade controls and licensing, is the Customs and Excise Division of the Treasury.
Customs and Excise publish a number of Public Notices explaining in straightforward terms the sanctions and export and trade controls that are in force. Copies of these are available free of charge on the Customs and Excise website –
Where the Commission is notified of amendments and revisions to such notices, details are also posted on the Commission’s website.
All enquiries concerning sanctions, export controls and trade controls on trafficking and brokering should be directed to:
The Isle of Man Treasury
Customs and Excise Division
PO Box 6
Isle of Man
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