The Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (Amendment) (High-Risk Countries) Regulations 2021

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
CitationSI 2021/392

2021No. 392

FINANCIAL SERVICES

The Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (Amendment) (High-Risk Countries) Regulations 2021

Made24thMarch2021

Laid before Parliament25thMarch2021

Coming into force26thMarch2021

The Treasury, in exercise of the powers conferred by section 49 of and paragraphs 4 and 23 of Schedule 2 to the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018( 1), make the following Regulations.

Citation and commencement

1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (Amendment) (High-Risk Countries) Regulations 2021.

(2) These Regulations come into force on 26th March 2021.

Amendment of the Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017

2.—(1) The Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017( 2) are amended as follows.

(2) In regulation 33 (obligation to apply enhanced customer due diligence), for paragraph (3)(a) substitute—

“(a) a “high-risk third country” means a country which is specified in Schedule 3ZA;”.

(3) In regulation 39(4) (reliance), for “a country which has been identified by the European Commission as a high-risk third country in delegated acts adopted under Article 9.2 of the fourth money laundering directive” substitute “a high-risk third country”.

(4) After Schedule 3 (relevant offences) insert—

“SCHEDULE 3ZA

Regulation 33(3)

High-Risk Third Countries

1. Albania

2. Barbados

3. Botswana

4. Burkina Faso

5. Cambodia

6. Cayman Islands

7. Democratic People's Republic of Korea

8. Ghana

9. Iran

10. Jamaica

11. Mauritius

12. Morocco

13. Myanmar

14. Nicaragua

15. Pakistan

16. Panama

17. Senegal

18. Syria

19. Uganda

20. Yemen

21. Zimbabwe”.

Revocation of Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/1675

3. Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/1675 of 14th July 2016 supplementing Directive (EU) 2015/849 of the European Parliament and of the Council by identifying high-risk third countries with strategic deficiencies is revoked.

24th March 2021

James Morris

Rebecca Harris

Two of the Lords Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury

EXPLANATORY NOTE

(This note is not part of the Regulations)

These Regulations amend the Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017 ( S.I. 2017/692) (“the MLRs”) to insert as Schedule 3ZA a new UK list of high-risk third countries for the purposes of enhanced customer due...

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