Rob Sequin | Havana Journal
This is by far the shortest OFAC civil penalties report that we have seen in the many years that we have been covering them.
Today there was only ONE entry. This civil penalties report covers violations of all sanctions against Iran and other countries as well as violations by individuals. We noted in our last OFAC civil penalties report that there were no violations of Cuba sanctions but there were violations of other sanctions. In the past, individuals are fined for purchasing Cuban cigars over the Internet.
Perhaps the slow down in violations is simply due to the transition from the Bush Administration to the Obama Administration. So, it will be interesting to see what the next civil penalties report brings us. For the record, the Havana Journal stands against the US trade and travel Embargo against Cuba and think such fines are unnecessary and detrimental to US businesses and citizens.
So, here’s the ONLY violation from today’s OFAC civil penalties report:
Lactalis USA, Inc. Settles Cuban Assets Control Regulations Allegations:
Lactalis USA, Inc., New York (“Lactalis”), has remitted $20,950.38 to settle allegations of violations of the Cuban Assets Control Regulations.
OFAC alleged that, between February 2004 and March 2007, Lactalis made six unlicensed wire transfer payments in which Cuba or Cuban nationals had an interest.
Lactalis did not voluntarily disclose this matter to OFAC.
Lactalis American Group is the North American division of Groupe Lactalis, the world’s second largest dairy corporation.
They are the parent company of Sorrento Lactalis, Lactalis USA, and Mozzarella Fresca, which collectively include some of North America’s most popular cheese brands such as Président, Sorrento, Precious, rondelé, and Galbani.