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Anti-Boycott Laws

The U.S. Department of Commerce is responsible for oversight of law prohibiting individuals and entities from participating in a boycott that is not approved or sanctioned by the U.S. government such as the Arab League boycott of Israel. The range of boycott-related activity prohibited includes:

  • Refusing, or agreeing to refuse, to do business with or in Israel;
  • Discriminating, or agreeing to discriminate, on the basis of race, religion, sex, national origin or nationality;
  • Furnishing, or agreeing to furnish, information about race, religion, sex, or national origin of another person; and
  • Furnishing, or agreeing to furnish, information about business relationships with or in Israel.

The Export Administration Act requires that any requests to participate in such a boycott or to conduct activities in any of the boycotting countries be formally reported to the appropriate U.S. government agency (Department of Commerce and IRS). Should these circumstances arise, please submit a help request to Global Business Services, or contact the Office of General Counsel.