As of 18 July 2012, the EU has implemented a new ban on trade of charcoal from Somalia as part of its sanctions against the country. This new ban, which also prohibits insurance and re-insurance related to such trade provided by EU parties, follows a recent UN call for all members to take necessary measures to prevent the direct or indirect import of charcoal—an identified significant revenue source for the militant Al-Shabaab group—from Somalia. The charcoal trade ban is accompanied by the listing of one new designated person subject to the EU's asset freeze.
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