Further Update On Hunting In Iran


Published: March - 2002

Continuing subscribers will remember our warning to American hunters about hunting in Iran (see December 2001 issue, page 12). We told you how it is simply illegal for Americans to conduct any kind of financial transactions with Iran. What occasions this new mention is two inquiries we recently received. One is an e-mail from subscriber Gerhard R. Damm of South Africa, who points out that the Iranian Transactions Regulations posted on the US State Department web site (http://travel.state.gov/iran.html) say, "All transactions ordinarily incident to travel to or from Iran, including importation of accompanied baggage for strictly personal use, payment of maintenance and living expenses and acquisition of goods or services for personal use are permitted." The second inquiry is a fax we received from Halina Knap of Canada North Outfitting, who tells us she read about a tour Sierra Club is offering in Iran. Do either of these mean that it's OK for Americans to travel to and hunt in Iran?

We checked the State Department web site ourselves and it clearly indicates that the department advises against traveling to this nation but does not prohibit travel. It even directs you to the Iranian Interests Section of the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington, D.C. to acquire a visa. For information on conducting financial transactions in Iran we downloaded a booklet printed by the US Department of the Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (www.treas.gov/ofac/) entitled, Iran: What You Need To Know About U.S. Economic Sanctions. The booklet clearly states under the section "Dealing In Iranian-Origin Goods and Services" that US persons "are prohibited from engaging in any transactions, including purchase, sale, transportation, swap, financing, or brokering transactions related to goods or services of Iranian origin or goods or services owned or controlled by the Government of Iran."

The booklet also indicates that there are some very limited exceptions to the restrictions, allowing Americans to import gifts valued at $100 or less, informational materials and specific foodstuffs, carpets and other textile floor coverings and wall hangings classified under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States. And it also........(continued)

 
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