Month: October 2019

U.S. Tightens Controls on Cuba, Limiting Aircraft Leases to Cuban National Airline

U.S. Tightens Controls on Cuba, Limiting Aircraft Leases to Cuban National Airline Oct 25, 2019 The U.S. Commerce Department said late Friday it would restrict the Cuban government’s access to commercial aircraft and other goods, the latest escalation by the Trump administration against Cuba, in part over its support for Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela. The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), which is the Commerce Department’s export control office, announced that it will revoke existing and deny future licenses for the leasing of aircraft to Cuban state-owned airlines, according to a rule published Monday in the Federal Register. The rule also cuts off exemptions for aircraft and vessels leased to, or chartered by, a Cuban national or a State Sponsor of Terrorism. Empresa Cubana de Aviacion, Cuba’s national airline, was founded in 1929. Last year, Cubana suspended domestic flights due to a lack of working aircraft, according to a Reuters report from July 2018. The airline said at the time that maintenance issues and a lack of parts had led to the problem, which caused chaos during the peak traveling season, Reuters reported. By late October 2018, Cubana said it would resume flights, according to a report by FlightGlobal, which covers the aviation and aerospace industries. The BIS rule also limits the amount of U.S.-origin content in foreign-made goods, known as a “de minimis level,” to 10 percent. And...

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US Commerce Department tightens export controls for Cuba

US Commerce Department tightens export controls for Cuba The latest BIS regulations aim to halt current and future leases of aircraft and vessels to Cuban state-owned enterprises, since the transport of tourists by these modes generates revenue for the Cuban government. BIS said future export license applications for these transactions will be denied. The agency has also lowered the minimum amount of U.S. content for licensed exports to Cuba from 25% to 10%. Read the...

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Trump administration suspends US commercial flights to 9 destinations in Cuba except Havana

IFCO’s CubaBuzz: Issue 172 More attacks THIS WEEK against Cuba’s economy makes IFCO’s work even more critical. Your support is needed! (AND TIMELY!) We had a wonderful time at the Gala, honoring Rev. Walker and others in the struggle for justice. Watch the video of the program here. BUT!!!!!!!!!!! Trump administration suspends US commercial flights to 9 destinations in Cuba except Havana (CNN) Oct 25, 2019 Flights to nine destinations in Cuba, not including Havana, will be suspended by the Department of Transportation. The department issued a notice on Friday suspending US commercial flights from flying to the Cuban destinations. The notice will take effect on December 10. The announcement is another step in the Trump administration’s attempt to tighten the relationship between the US and Cuba in a direct reversal of President Barack Obama’s Cuba policy. The Transportation Department is taking this action, according to the filed notice, at the request of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “to further the Administration’s policy of strengthening the economic consequences to the Cuban regime for its ongoing repression of the Cuban people and its support for Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela.” Read the...

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