Monday, December 5, 2011

The embargo on Cuban anger is making me angry....

By: Daryl "Libertad para Cuba" Northrop

I had always been under the impression that you could bring back Cuban cigars from overseas if it was less than $100 worth.

But no. Our nanny-state government has forbidden it. Why? WHO THE HELL KNOWS. The stupid Cuban embargo enacted in the 1960's really hasn't seemed to do any damn good considering the rest of the world trades freely with Cuba! Apparently our foreign policy towards Cuba is "Spite, with stubborn thrown in for good measure."

So here is the import regulation. I weep.

"Can I import Cuban cigars into the U.S.?
No. The allowance for bringing in up to $100 worth of Cuban cigars if you were on authorized travel to Cuba is no longer in effect. All importations of Cuban cigars are illegal, including Cuban cigars that were acquired in other countries (such as Canada, England, or Mexico).
There is now an across board ban on the importation into the United States of Cuban-origin cigars and other Cuban-origin tobacco products, as well as most other products of Cuban origin. This prohibition extends to such products acquired in Cuba, irrespective of whether a traveler is licensed by Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to engage in Cuban travel related transactions.
Criminal penalties for violation of the Regulations range up to $1,000,000 in fines for corporations, $250,000 for individuals and up to 10 years in prison. Civil penalties of up to $65,000 per violation may be imposed by OFAC.
Foreign residents and visitors to the U.S.(i.e., French, Mexican etc) may not bring in goods of Cuban origin under any circumstances."

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