SAD Import-Export Company

Weapon Program: 

  • Military

Used as a front company by Defense Industries Organization (DIO).

Assisted Parchin Chemical Industries and 7th of Tir Industries in violating a U.N. prohibition on the export of weapons and related materials from Iran; in 2011, shipped arms to Syria's armed forces; acting on behalf of DIO, has shipped aluminum and other items to Syria's Mechanical Construction Factory, which is a front company for the Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC), a Syrian government agency that develops missiles and chemical and biological weapons.

Uses Rosmachin as a front company; involved in an illicit arms transfer aboard the M/V Monchegorsk, which was a vessel chartered by Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) and found in 2009 to be carrying ammunition, explosives, and anti-tank rounds to Syria, in violation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1747 (2007).


Designated by the U.N. Security Council on December 20, 2012, pursuant to resolution 1737, 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 January 23, 2012, 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 December 21, 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 13382, which targets proliferators of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their delivery systems; 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 (with all successors, sub-units, and subsidiaries) by the U.S. Department of State on December 20, 2011, under the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act; sanctions apply for two years and ban the U.S. government from procuring from, contracting with, providing assistance to, or issuing export licenses involving controlled items for the entity; previous INKSNA designations: May 23, 2011.

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.

Date Entered: 

November 1, 2011

Date Last Modified: 

December 21, 2023