On 9 July, the Treasury Department designated Pangates International Corporation Ltd. (“Pangates”), based in the United Arab Emirates, pursuant to EO 13582, which authorises sanctions on persons providing material support for, or goods and services to, the Syrian government. Also designated were two Syrian companies, Expert Partners and Megatrade, pursuant to EO 13382, which authorises sanctions on proliferators of weapons of mass destruction and their supporters.
The Treasury Department stated that between 2012 and April 2014, Pangates supplied the Syrian government and the state-owned Syrian oil company, SYTROL, with speciality petroleum products that have limited civilian applications in Syria. Expert Partners and Megatrade are allegedly front companies for the Scientific Studies and Research Center (“SSRC”), purported to be Syria’s government agency responsible for developing and producing non-conventional weapons and ballistic missiles. The SSRC is already subject to US sanctions.