US re­moves lim­its on cargo, bring­ing in Cuban rum, cigars

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION + WORLD -

The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion an­nounced Fri­day that it is elim­i­nat­ing a $100 limit on the value of Cuban rum and cigars that Amer­i­can trav­el­ers can bring back from the is­land.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion also is lift­ing lim­its on cargo ship travel be­tween the U.S. and Cuba and eas­ing U.S. and Cuban re­searchers’ abil­ity to con­duct joint med­i­cal re­search. The mea­sures are con­tained in a new round of reg­u­la­tory changes meant to ease U.S. trade with Cuba.

The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion has made six sets of changes loos­en­ing the U.S. trade em­bargo on Cuba in the hopes that the nor­mal­iza­tion of re­la­tions with the is­land will not be re­versed by a fu­ture ad­min­is­tra­tion. This round is ex­pected to be the last be­fore Pres­i­dent Barack Obama leaves of­fice.

Cuban rum and cigars will be un­der the same du­ties as al­co­hol and to­bacco from other coun­tries, so most trav­el­ers will be able to bring back up to 100 cigars and sev­eral bot­tles of rum.

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