Since 1962, the embargo on Cuba has prevented any trade between the US and this small but fruitful nation. For decades since, relations between the two countries had been so disconnected that when communication was warranted, Switzerland acted as moderator between them. The embargo was fueled primarily by The Cuban Revolution and Fidel Castro’s rise to power, including his embrace of Communism, and the eventual “Missile Crisis” (now a long-past chapter in history). Recent US federal government policy shifts, however, are making slow but steady changes in the areas of easing travel regulations, bolstering imports and exports, and expanding Cubans’ access to the internet. Globally, the Cuba embargo is wildly unpopular, which exerts more pressure on the President’s Office to lift the sanctions in a push towards normalization. Closer to home, a poll conducted in 2015 revealed that an overwhelming 72% of Americans believe the US should end the Cuba embargo.
Many experts, including President Obama, expect that the sanctions may be lifted by Congress in the next presidential term. For the business world, this means that after generations of uncertainty, concerns about security, and even telecommunication barriers, the clouds will finally part. This should result in a big boom, where infrastructure will surely develop, communication lines will open, and more transparency will prevail.
For shipping to Cuba always choose LAC as your partner!
Cuba can be a different animal when it comes to doing business. For those attempting to transact for the first time, guidance and support will surely be needed, as they need to know what they’re getting into. As regards Freight Forwarding and Shipping of any kind, there are several guidelines, standard prohibitions and restrictions to consider when sending merchandise to Cuba. Prohibited commodities include everything from animal products to asbestos, gambling devices to plant products, and perishable foods to precious metals. Certain commodities are considered “Non-Document” and need to be accompanied by an invoice and additional customs documentation. Other commodities are considered simply as “Document” and only require a waybill to be completed. Since the business etiquette is a virtual unknown to North Americans in general, and after years of strained relations, many errors might be made in this delicate new environment. In other words, an understanding of Cuban laws and practices is paramount, especially for first-time ventures. LAC is well versed with the comings and goings in the Cuban marketplace, with its policies and standards –both formal and informal– as well as its legal system. We have collected all information required about transport and logistics laws in Cuba, and proceed accordingly. This avoids the delays and obstacles that less experienced companies face daily.
Heading into 2017, Cuba represents a relatively untapped market for businesses looking to expand internationally, and could very well offer a giant new revenue stream. Due to its history and unexplored resources by North Americans, this country presents a very unique and unparalleled opportunity. And apart from all the natural resources produced locally for export, the Cuban population will undoubtedly become fast consumers of North American products as well. After generations of being closed off to a large part of the world, the floodgates are about to open, and there is great wealth waiting to be discovered. Don’t get left behind! Are you considering expanding your business into Cuba in 2017? Need a logistics partner that offers specialized and cost-effective services? There are several factors that make LAC the right freight-forwarder for you. Our trained associates not only have thorough knowledge of the Shipping landscape in Cuba, but also understand the local culture, as well as speak the language. Having a proven track record in this part of the world, not only do our logistics experts offer you experience, but an invaluable and extensive business network which cannot be found elsewhere. These contacts allow us to arrange for the local support and infrastructure needed for goods to be transported quickly, safely, and with peace of mind.