Commerce Identified Iranian Cargo Airlines For Apparent Violations of U.S. Export Controls

September 19, 2022

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Commerce Department, through its Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), is updating its list of aircraft that have flown into Russia in apparent violation of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) by adding the first three Iranian-owned and -operated aircraft providing cargo flight services on U.S.-origin aircraft to Russia. There are now a total of 183 aircraft identified on the list for apparent violations of U.S. export controls.

“Our expansive controls, especially on items such as electronics and aircraft parts, have degraded Russia’s defense industrial base, severely restricted their access to the world economy, and isolated them from the international community,” said Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Enforcement Matthew S. Axelrod. “When Russia seeks to engage pariah states like Iran in order to backfill for what the international community has cut off, we will take action to thwart such attempts and disrupt such connections.” Using commercially available data, BIS identified three Iranian cargo aircraft subject to the EAR flying and transporting goods, including electronic items, to Russia in apparent violation of BIS’s stringent export controls on Russia. These aircraft are operated by Mahan Air, Qeshm Fars Air, and Iran Air. [...]