South Sudan emerged as an independent country on July 9th, 2011. While the new state of South Sudan is no longer subject to sanctions administered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), certain activities in or involving South Sudan continue to be prohibited absent authorization from OFAC, given the interdependence between certain sectors of the economies of South Sudan and Sudan. In order to encourage U.S. investment in South Sudan, on December 8, 2011, OFAC issued two general licenses that authorize: 1) activities and transactions relating to the petroleum and petrochemical industries in South Sudan and related financial transactions; and 2) the transshipment of goods, technology, and services through Sudan to and from South Sudan and related financial transactions. There may be certain other activities by U.S. persons in the Republic of South Sudan that continue to be prohibited. Additional guidance regarding activities in South Sudan can be found here (PDF 19 KB).
The Embassy recommends that anyone interested in doing business in South Sudan consult the links below, which are intended to assist U.S. businesses with obtaining information on the investment climate, business regulations in Juba, and U.S. sanctions.