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Biography for Ian Cohen

Ian Cohen, Associate Editor, is a reporter with Export Compliance Daily and its sister publications International Trade Today and Trade Law Daily, where he covers export controls, sanctions and international trade issues. He previously worked as a local government reporter in South Florida. Ian graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Florida in 2017 and lives in Washington, D.C. He joined the staff of Warren Communications News in 2019.

Recent Articles by Ian Cohen

More Collaboration, Industry Guidance Will Improve Crypto Sanctions Compliance, Companies Say

The U.S. should better regulate the cryptocurrency industry to increase sanctions compliance, but not in a way that inhibits innovation, companies and trade groups told the Treasury Department in comments released this month. Some commenters said Treasury should issue more guidance to help firms better understand their compliance obligations and help digital assets from being used to evade global sanctions.Read More >>

BIS Announces New Export Controls on Tech Used for Semiconductors, Gas Turbines

The Bureau of Industry and Security last week announced new export controls on four technologies that can be used to produce advanced semiconductors and gas turbine engines. The controls, which were agreed to by members of the multilateral Wassenaar Arrangement at last year’s plenary, will apply to two substrates of ultra-wide bandgap semiconductors, certain Electronic Computer Aided Design (ECAD) software and certain pressure gain combustion (PGC) technology.Read More >>

FMC Seeking Feedback on Emergency Data Sharing Requirement for Carriers, Terminals

The Federal Maritime Commission is seeking public comments on whether it should issue an emergency order requiring carriers and terminal operators to share new information with shippers on “cargo throughput and availability.” The FMC said it can issue the potential emergency order -- using an authority granted to it by the Ocean Shipping Reform Act -- if it determines that supply chain congestion has created “an emergency situation of a magnitude such that there exists a substantial, adverse effect on the competitiveness and reliability of the international transportation supply system.” Comments are due Sept. 14.Read More >>

OFAC Designation of Virtual Currency Mixer Was 'Game Changer,' Expert Says

The Treasury Department’s designation of a virtual currency mixer this week was a significant step toward combating financial cyber crime, and could lead to more effective actions against cyber criminals, including those operating out of North Korea, former FBI analyst Nick Carlsen said, speaking during a Center for a New American Security event this week. Carlsen also said the U.S. should work closer with South Korea, including through sanctions coordination, to better target North Korean financial crime.Read More >>

BIS Charges Chinese Company With Export Violations, Aiding ZTE

The Bureau of Industry and Security this week charged a Chinese company with violating U.S. export controls when it helped Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation sell controlled items to Iran. The company, Far East Cable, served as a “cutout” between ZTE and several Iranian telecommunications companies, BIS said, helping ZTE “conceal and obfuscate” its business dealings in Iran from U.S. investigators. In total, BIS said Far East Cable committed 18 violations of the Export Administration Regulations.Read More >>