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Yes. Guernsey’s sanctions regime is based on legislation that broadly mirrors equivalent legislation in the UK. Although the Channel Islands are dependent territories of the English Crown, they have their own legislative assemblies, administrative, fiscal and legal systems. As such, Guernsey operates independently of the UK regime.
Yes. Guernsey’s sanctions legislation comprises measures taken by the UN and the EU which are given effect locally using one of the following legislative routes:
Yes. Guernsey’s sanctions legislation gives domestic effect to measures taken by the UN and EU broadly mirrors equivalent legislation in the UK. However, Guernsey’s sanctions regime is completely separate from and operates independently of that in other jurisdictions.
Guernsey implements all types of international sanctions including:
Guernsey’s position as a leading financial centre means that financial sanctions are most likely to be relevant to businesses in the jurisdiction. Financial sanctions include prohibitions on providing financial services or making funds or other economic resources available to designated individuals or entities.
Yes. Guernsey firms must have appropriate and effective compliance arrangements in relation to sanctions. When determining whether an individual or legal person is the subject of a sanction the full list of financial sanction targets must be consulted. A list of current sanctions measures in place is available here.
Yes. A consolidated list of financial sanctions targets can be found on the HM Treasury website here. Guernsey also relies on lists published by the UN and OFAC.
Yes. The Policy Council is (in most cases) the competent authority and licensing authority in relation to any activity that would otherwise be prohibited under the Guernsey’s financial sanctions legislation. This includes Ordinances made under the EC (Implementation) (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, and applications to release funds from frozen accounts or to make funds, economic resources or financial services available to or for the benefit of a designated person.
In respect of orders in Council made under the United Nations Act, the Guernsey licensing authority is usually HM Procureur. Lastly, the competent authority for any import or export or licensing matters is the Home Department, through the Guernsey Border Agency.
Each Order in Council Order made under the Export Control legislation and Ordinance contains provisions governing criminal penalties that are specific to the enactment in question. It is the responsibility of each individual or institution to comply with the relevant legislation and failure to comply is a criminal offence. Any person guilty of an offence under the relevant enactment shall be liable on conviction to a fine and/or imprisonment.
Where a body corporate body is guilty of an offence, and the offence is proven to have been committed with the consent or connivance of, or to be attributable to any neglect on the part of any officer of the body corporate (or purporting to act in any such capacity), he as well as the body corporate body, is guilty of the offence and may be proceeded against accordingly.
Guernsey has established a Sanctions Committee to coordinate sanctions activities, distribute information and provide advice. The Sanctions Committee reports to the External Relations Group (mandated to agree and implement new sanctions, license frozen funds, administer notifications and authorisations and liaise with HM Treasury and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office) of the Policy Council (being the body which coordinates the work of the Government of Guernsey) and the Bailiwick’s AML/CFT Advisory Committee.
The Sanctions Committee is made up of members from the Policy Council, the Guernsey Financial Services Commission (statutory body responsible for the development and supervision of finance business in the Bailiwick) and the Guernsey Border Agency (which has enforcement responsibility and conducts administration of sanctions in relation to the import and export of goods).
States of Guernsey
Sir Charles Frossard House
St Peter Port
Guernsey Financial Services Commission
PO Box 128
St Peter Port
T: (+44) (0)1481 712706
F: (+44) (0)1481 712010
Cross-border financial crime activities are the responsibility of the Guernsey Border Agency which mandates the Financial Investigation Unit to prevent and combat financial and economic crime. The Guernsey Border Agency is required to protect Guernsey’s reputation as a well-regulated offshore finance centre. It must align its activities to complement FATF recommendations, the requirements of the IMF and other relevant international standard setters.
Financial Investigation Unit
St Peter Port
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