Instructions for sanctioned party list screening

Sanctioned party list screening: How do I screen online for free?




Why do I need a sanctioned party lists check?

Regardless of whether your company is active in import or export, the management is obliged to conduct a business partner screening. This means that it must be ensured that customers, suppliers, organizations and persons are not on sanctioned party lists or anti-terrorist lists. In this case the contact in question must not receive any goods, services or financial support. If this is not observed, this can be punished with fines and imprisonment.  The persons affected by this are mainly managing directors and in some cases also the person responsible for exports.
In addition, there are also concrete economic risks, especially in connection with the US lists. If, for example, an employee or the company is on the SDN list simply because it maintains business relations with Iran legally under German law, this can lead to the company no longer being supplied by American manufacturers. A well-known example is the fate of Ulrich Wippermann and his company.


The most frequently asked questions about sanctioned party lists

An overview of the sanctioned party lists and answers to the most important questions are provided separately on this page.


Against which sanctioned party lists I have to check?

In our sanctioned party lists overview, you will find all sanctioned party lists (as per March 2019) against which a company should check. Here you will find a brief overview and explanations of the conditions under which audits must be conducted. The consequences of a hit are also described.


How can I check automatically in the background with little effort?

The manual checking and the necessary documentation (customs, BAFA) of the processes results in a very large effort. Thanks to automated queries in the background and connection to the ERP system, software for sanctioned party lists screening can be an attractive solution. Then it is also possible to check at any time when an address is created, an address change or even just the use of the address is logged. SANSCREEN is available integrated in SAP® ERP, SAP S/4HANA®, Dynamics NAV, Dynamics AX, Sage and APplus and many other systems.

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Find out below how to manually perform a free online search and what advantages screening software offers.


Free online tests for the EU sanctioned party lists

In Germany, the Ministry of Justice of North Rhine-Westphalia offers a free online service to check addresses against EU sanctioned party lists.
The check refers solely to EU Regulation 881/2002, but according to the textual description, it can be assumed that the entire consolidated EU list is used as the data basis for the check.

At you can search for possible hits by selecting 3 levels 100, 80 and 60% match.



Since summer 2017, the EU Sanction Map offers a good and attractive alternative.

EU Sanction Map


The EU sanctions world map, which was implemented by the Estonian side, offers a very user-friendly sanctioned party lists check with a clear presentation of the results. The application is available in English at
A clear solution is the graphical representation of the countries affected by sanctions as well as a list of all measures, affected goods, companies and persons. The corresponding legal act of the European Union is directly linked.


Free online checks for the US lists

The Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) offers a comprehensive review of US sanctioned party lists at Currently, it is possible to check for compliance in 46 programs.

OFAC Lists


An interesting feature of this search is that the threshold of the fuzzy search can be adjusted using a slider. However, OFAC itself deliberately does not provide any recommendation as to which setting should be used: “OFAC does not provide recommendations with regard to the appropriateness of any specific confidence rating”.
It is also pointed out that this search is only a tool and its use alone does not limit criminal or civil liability.

OFAC Schwellenwert

Alternatively, the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce, along with 19 U.S. government agencies, offers on their website
search tool, which currently checks against 11 US-lists, which are listed here under Sources. Listen-Suche


There is also a switch for the fuzzy search. But if you click on the view of the deposited list entries, an unformatted text desert appears. Therefore we recommend to use the OFAC list search and to choose this search only as AddOn for safeguard.


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