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    Hosting someone from Iran - State Department Issues

    There is a company from Iran that wants to host with us. Are there any State Department issues that would restrict us from giving technical expertise or technology to someone from a country whose political environment is anti-U.S.?
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    As far as I'm aware, trade with Iran is prohibited ?
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    I cannot see how web hosting should be prohibited, though if they are in Iran it would make more sense to get a European host, or maybe even a host in a non-hostile (to them) country like Canada.
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    Legally a United States company cannot provide a service/trade with anybody from Iran last time I checked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeDVB View Post
    Legally a United States company cannot provide a service/trade with anybody from Iran last time I checked.
    Why? Are there any more countries that are prohibited ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wajdan View Post
    Why? Is there any more companies that are prohibited ?
    http://www.treas.gov/offices/enforce.../iran/iran.pdf

    In general, a person may not export from the U.S. any goods,
    technology or services, if that person knows or has reason to know
    such items are intended specifically for supply, transshipment or
    reexportation to Iran.
    Read the whole document though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeDVB View Post
    Legally a United States company cannot provide a service/trade with anybody from Iran last time I checked.
    On US or Iranian soil?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeDVB View Post
    Legally a United States company cannot provide a service/trade with anybody from Iran last time I checked.
    Here is the generalized restriction that applies:
    EXPORTS TO IRAN - In general, unless licensed by OFAC, goods,
    technology (including technical data or other information subject to
    Export Administration Regulations), or services may not be exported,
    reexported, sold or supplied, directly or indirectly, from the United
    States or by a U.S. person, wherever located, to Iran or the
    Government of Iran.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wajdan View Post
    Why? Are there any more countries that are prohibited ?
    Yes, there are others. I can't find the link anymore but I know for example, Syria was on the list. Maybe it's changed a bit but not certain on that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KnownHost View Post
    Yes, there are others. I can't find the link anymore but I know for example, Syria was on the list. Maybe it's changed a bit but not certain on that.
    Here is a link to the OFAC Country Sanctions Programs:

    http://www.treas.gov/offices/enforcement/ofac/programs/
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    Quote Originally Posted by C7mike View Post
    Here is a link to the OFAC Country Sanctions Programs:

    http://www.treas.gov/offices/enforcement/ofac/programs/
    Yep, it's where I got the PDF linked above... For the real details you should read the PDF as it's an official government document.
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    The regulation is poorly written as far as our industry goes so I called and asked about a year ago.

    the person I talked to didn't have a good response and I don't think really knew what I was talking about. Basically she said it was illegal to send anything over to Iran. I was free to do business with Iranian citizens living in the US and I was free to do business with Iranian citizens living abroad as long as whatever I was selling wasn't being sent to or used in Iran.

    Still confused? Yea... didn't definitively answer my question either.
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    The way that I interpret it is that if it's an Iranian Citizen (in the country or not) that we are legally not to do business with them. I would of course err on the side of interpreting the regulations more strictly as not to put the company in any sort of jeopardy.
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    I assume even if your company isn't an LLC, but your DC is located in US, you still can't do business?
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