Behineh Trading Co

Weapon Program: 

  • Military

Related Country: 

  • Syria
  • Nigeria


Tehran, Iran

Involved in Iran's illicit transfer of arms to West Africa; designated on April 18, 2012 by the U.N. Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1737 (2006); with some exceptions, the designation requires states to freeze financial assets on their territories which are owned or controlled by the entity, by its agents, or by entities it owns or controls, and to ensure that any funds, financial assets, or economic resources are prevented from being made available to or for the benefit of the entity; 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 their supporters; 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, European Union member states must freeze all funds and economic resources owned, held or controlled by the listed entity, and prevent funds or economic resources from being made available to it; sanctioned by the governments of Norway, Switzerland, and South Korea, restricting business and financial transactions with the entity and/or freezing its assets in those countries. 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 The Gambia but seized in Nigeria, also involved Ali Akbar Tabatabaei, Azim Aghajani, Esmail Ghani, and Ali Abbas Usman Jega. Reportedly sells molybdenum, iron alloys, copper, and other metals; established in 1997.

Mentioned Suspect Entities & Suppliers: 

Date Entered: 

May 1, 2012

Date Last Modified: 

July 1, 2012