Contrary to common belief, EU restrictive measures (sanctions) against Iran allow for a broad range of legitimate opportunities available to EU Tech companies to export software, solutions, technologies as well as related services to Iran.
While not all software, solutions, and technologies are subject to restrictions under EU sanctions against Iran, the restricted sectors include inter alia:
- Internet and telephone communications - certain equipment and software intended primarily for monitoring or interception of communications: This includes equipment, technology, or software, which may be used for the monitoring or interception of internet or telephone communications, such as allowing access to, and delivery of incoming and outgoing telecommunications and call-associated data for the purpose of its extraction, decoding, recording, processing, analysis and storing.
- Software: This refers to Enterprise Resource Planning software Enterprise Resource Planning software, as listed in Annex VIIA of Council Regulation (EU) 267/2012 designed specifically for use in nuclear and military industries.
As EU restrictive measures against Iran explicitly target certain equipment, technology, or software, which may be used for the monitoring or interception of internet or telephone communications, EU operators may export other technologies, software, and services.
The Due Diligence Helpdesk on EU Sanctions for EU SMEs dealing with Iran, supports EU tech companies in their legitimate business with Iran by carrying out proper due diligence to ensure that their products/services are in compliance with EU sanctions. You can submit your enquiries via the Sanctions DD Analysis Tool, or contact the Helpdesk Team via firstname.lastname@example.org.