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U.S. acceptance of Cuban exports doesn’t include ag

The State Department has announced that Cuban goods produced by the nearly nonexistent private sector in Cuba can be imported into the United States, but the list does not include agricultural products.

The State Department announcement last Friday seems clearly intended to encourage Cubans to put pressure on their government to allow entrepreneurship and private business. It also allows U.S. companies to export items that could be used on small farms.

"Under the amended regulations, persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction are authorized by general license to send remittances to individuals and independent non-governmental entities in Cuba to, among other things, support the development of private businesses, including small farms, and U.S. exporters may commercially sell certain goods for use by entrepreneurs," the State Department said in a fact sheet.

"In addition, expanded general licensing for travel permits persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction to engage the Cuban private sector through activities like development projects and entrepreneurship training without the need to apply for a specific license from [the Office of Foreign Assets Control]," the fact sheet stated.

Don Phillips, a former official in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative who is now a trade adviser to the American Sugar Alliance, noted that the list "excludes all agricultural products from this arrangement," including raw and refined sugar and similar products.

–The Hagstrom Report