The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) have adopted final rules amending the Sudanese Sanctions Regulations (SSR).  The OFAC rule creates a general license for certain software, hardware, and services incident to personal communications.  The general license authorizes the exportation of certain fee based software and services incident to the exchange of personal communications, the exportation of certain personal communications software, hardware, and related services.  Read the OFAC  rule here.

The BIS final rule amends the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) for the SSR to revise its policy of general licensing denial to that of a case by case basis for such telecommunications equipment.  The rule also makes Sudan an eligible destination for License Exception Consumer Communications Devices (CCD), which previously applied only to Cuba.  In sum, the CCD authorizes the export and reexport of consumer communications devices such as computers, communications equipment, personal computers, mobile phones, televisions, radios, and digital cameras, if those devices are widely available for retail purchase.  In addition, the rule makes software controlled under ECCN 5D992.b or .c (including mass market software such as mobile apps) eligible for reexport to Sudan without a license from BIS. Read more here.