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Sanctions and export control

The Isle of Man Customs and Excise Division is responsible for the administration of United Nations and EU financial and economic sanctions and export licensing controls in the Isle of Man. What Does My Business Have to Do with UN/EU Sanctions, and Export and Trade Controls? The Isle of Man also has export controls on endangered species covered by the Convention on Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Please see the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture imports and exports page for further information.

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Cash Declaration Requirements

If cash in excess of €10,000 

  • is sent to or taken from; or
  • is brought into or received in,

the Isle of Man, then the person carrying, sending or receiving it must make a declaration to Customs and Excise.

This applies to cash going to, or coming from, anywhere outside the Island; and regardless of whether the cash is being carried by someone, or is sent in the mail, by courier service or is contained in freight, a vehicle or a vessel.

'Cash' includes any banknotes or coins in any currency (including counterfeit), postal orders and cheques of any kind (including travellers' cheques), but excluding cheques drawn on a British or Irish bank. It also includes stored value cards and other document, device, coin or token with a monetary value. (See Notice 9011 MAN for a full definition).

For further information please see 'An introduction to cash entering or leaving the Island' and Notice 9011 MAN.

Current Sanctions Regimes

General Information about Financial Sanctions including Terrorist Financing and Proliferation (Sanctions Notice 26)

This Notice provides information on the definition of funds and economic resources (including those jointly or indirectly owned, held or controlled), record-keeping and how to deal with false positives, as well as to appeal listing, seek delisting or licences.

United Nations and European Union Sanctions – Granting of Licences by Isle of Man Treasury – Protocol (Sanctions Notice 32)

Details of the current sanctions lists can be found on the HM Treasury and OFAC websites - links to which can be found in the Related Links box on this page.

Sanctions forms  

CEM 80 MAN - Disclosure of suspected breach of financial sanctions in contravention of EU Regulations

CEM 85 MAN – Asset Freeze Licence Application Form

CEM 86 MAN - Frozen account report

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