Plastic Bank provides a direct connection between buyers and sellers around the world. When you use Plastic Bank’s services (we’ll refer to PlasticBank.com, SocialPlastic.org, our mobile apps, and other services as our “Services”), you are responsible for complying with this policy, regardless of your location.
As a global company based in the Canada with operations in other countries, Plastic Bank must comply with economic sanctions and trade restrictions, including those implemented by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) of the US Department of the Treasury. This means that Plastic Bank or anyone using our Services can’t take part in transactions that involve designated people, places, or items that originate from those places, as determined by agencies like OFAC.
This policy applies to anyone that uses our Services, regardless of their location. It is up to you to familiarise yourself with these restrictions.
In order to protect our community and marketplace, Plastic Bank may take steps to ensure compliance with sanctions programmes. For example, Plastic Bank prohibits members from using their accounts while in certain geographic locations. If we have reason to believe you are operating your account from a sanctioned location, or are otherwise in violation of any economic sanction or trade restriction, we may suspend or terminate your use of our Services. Members are generally not permitted to list, buy, or sell items that originate from sanctioned areas. This includes items that pre-date sanctions, since we have no way to verify when they were actually removed from the restricted location. Plastic Bank reserves the right to request that sellers provide additional information, disclose an item’s country of origin in a listing, or take other steps to meet compliance obligations. We may disable listings or cancel transactions that present a risk of violating this policy.
In addition to complying with OFAC and applicable local laws, Plastic Bank members should be aware that other countries may have their own trade restrictions and that certain items may not be allowed for export or import under international laws. You should consult the laws of any jurisdiction when a transaction involves international parties.
Finally, Plastic Bank members should be aware that third-party payment processors may independently monitor transactions for sanctions compliance and may block transactions as part of their own compliance programmes. Plastic Bank has no authority or control over the independent decision-making of these providers.
The economic sanctions and trade restrictions that apply to your use of the Services are subject to change, so members should check sanctions resources regularly. For legal advice, please consult a qualified professional.