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The Tool is intended as an additional source of information and orientation for EU operators, as it is designed to complement relevant EU regulations and decisions, as well as existing information outlined in the Resources section.

This Tool is made available to all EU economic operators interested in engaging in business with Iran. It aims to provide a user-friendly mechanism to assess whether a proposed activity involving Iran is compliant with EU restrictive measures. This Tool is to be understood as providing mere guidance.

Best efforts were used in developing and designing this Tool with an attention to the accuracy of the information provided; however, no representation or warranty, express or implied, is given by or on behalf of the European Commission or by any of its affiliates or partners with respect to the accuracy or completeness of the information contained in this Tool or on which this Tool is based or of any other information or representations supplied or made in connection with it or as with respect to the reasonableness of any expectations therefrom. The Commission does not assume any liability in this regard. 

EU economic operators that use this Tool must make all trading and investment decisions on the basis of their own judgement, and, if in doubt, they should seek legal advice or consult the competent authority in their respective Member States.

Note that it is prohibited under the EU restrictive measures to participate, knowingly and intentionally, in activities the object or effect of which is to circumvent the EU measures on Iran.

Note that Member States’ national competent authorities are in charge of enforcing EU restrictive measures and the ensuing penalties in case of a breach. EU economic operators are strongly encouraged to gather all the available information at the national level and to contact their NCA in case of doubt.

The European Commission encourages all EU operators to monitor the latest developments with respect to restrictive measures against Iran.

This Tool solely pertains to EU restrictive measures. In particular, the Tool is not applicable to sanctions imposed by third countries against Iran. The European Union does not recognise the extra-territorial application of laws, regulations and other legislative instruments, and actions based thereon or resulting therefrom, adopted by third countries and considers their extraterritorial application to be contrary to international law. The EU’s Blocking Statute (Council Regulation (EC) No 2271/96) protects EU operators from the extra-territorial application and counteracts the effects of third-country legislation and prohibits compliance by EU economic operators with any requirement or prohibition based on or resulting, directly, from the foreign laws as specified in its Annex to Council Regulation (EC) No 2271/96. All Annexes to the Council Regulations can be found after scrolling to the end of each of the relevant regulations hyperlinked in this Tool.

This Tool is based on EU restrictive measures regarding Iran currently in place. EU restrictive measures are updated and renewed regularly. EU operators are encouraged to check the Official Journal of the European Union for the latest applicable legal acts.

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