Attendees were briefed by senior Administration officials from Departments directly responsible for overseeing the application of current U.S. – Cuba policy. These included officials from the U.S. Departments of State, Treasury, and Commerce. These representatives underscored that the trade embargo remains in place; however, since President Obama’s announcement of the normalization in relations in December, 2014, there have been changes in regulations governing sanctions. In addition to tourism, many of the sectors where trade is allowed relate to areas of need for the Cuban people, including agriculture, health, and communications connectivity. Permitted exports to Cuba are governed by various levels of licenses: a general license, exceptions to a general license, and a special license granted (See below for addressing inquiries to relevant U.S. government Departments.).
Participants later attended a reception at the Cuban Embassy in Washington, hosted by Cuban Ambassador to the United States Jose Cabanas. At the reception, World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia President Linda Mysliwy Conlin had the opportunity to discuss a future trade mission from Greater Philadelphia with Deputy Chief of Mission Juan Leon, and World Trade Center Arkansas President and CEO Dan Hendrix. WTC Arkansas has completed one mission to Cuba, largely focused on agriculture, and is in the process of organizing a second mission.
U.S. government trade with Cuba resources:
- U.S. Department of Commerce
Click here for more information about the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS).
- U.S. Department of the Treasury
Click here for more information about the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).
- U.S. Department of State
Click here for more information about the U.S. Department of State.
- U.S. Department of Agriculture
Click here for more information about the U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).