Behineh Trading Co

Weapon Program: 

  • Military

Related Country: 

  • Syria
  • Nigeria


Tehran, Iran

Involved in Iran's illicit transfer of arms to West Africa; according to a U.N. report, is a front company for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC); was discovered by Israel to have been attempting to ship ammunition to Syria in 2009 aboard the MV Francop, which was intercepted by the Israeli Navy; shipped 240 tons of munitions, including rockets, mortar shells, grenades, and rounds of ammunition, to Nigeria in 2010 aboard the MV Everest; the shipment, which was intended for Gambia but seized in Nigeria, also involved Ali Akbar TabatabaeiAzim AghajaniEsmail Ghani, and Ali Abbas Usman Jega.

Reportedly sells molybdenum, iron alloys, copper, and other metals; established in 1997.


Designated by the U.N. Security Council on April 18, 2012, pursuant to resolution 1737 (2006), as an entity involved in Iran's proliferation-sensitive nuclear activities or development of nuclear weapon delivery systems; subsequently designated by U.N. Security Council resolution 2231 (2015); removed from the U.N. list on October 18, 2023, following the expiration of targeted sanctions contained in resolution 2231.

Listed by the European Union on December 1, 2011, as an entity linked to Iran's proliferation-sensitive nuclear activities or Iran's development of nuclear weapon delivery systems; with some exceptions, E.U. member states must freeze assets owned or controlled by the entity, directly or indirectly, and prevent assets from being made available to it.

Added on March 27, 2012, to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list maintained by the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), freezing its assets under U.S. jurisdiction and prohibiting transactions with U.S. parties, pursuant to Executive Order 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism; also subject to the Iranian Financial Sanctions Regulations; foreign parties facilitating transactions for the entity or otherwise assisting the entity are subject to U.S. sanctions.

Sanctioned by the governments of Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom, restricting business and financial transactions with the entity and/or freezing its assets in those countries.

Listed by the Japanese government in 2022 as an entity of concern for proliferation relating to missiles and nuclear weapons.

Mentioned Suspect Entities & Suppliers: 

Date Entered: 

May 1, 2012

Date Last Modified: 

December 20, 2023