Embargoed Countries

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Globally Embargoed Countries (GEC)

GEC’s are countries with an embargo imposed on them. An embargo is more or less a complete prohibition of commerce and trade with a particular country, in order to isolate it. Embargos are considered strong diplomatic measures imposed in an effort, by the embargo imposing country (i.e. US, EU), to elicit a given national-interest result from the country on which it is imposed. Embargoes should not be confused with blockades. A blockade is an effort to cut off food, supplies, war material or communications from a particular area by force. A blockade may be seen as an act of war or similar to this.

Difference between Embargo and Sanction

Most countries have put procedures in place to grant permission and to lift the embargo under certain (strict) conditions. Permission or license must be obtained upfront! This includes humanitarian aid; there is never an upfront general permission or license.

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