US Commerce Dept restricts Cuba licences for commercial aircraft & other goods

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the US Dept of Commerce has announced restrictions on Cuba’s access to American commercial aircraft. BIS will revoke existing licences for aircraft leases to Cuban state-owned airlines, and will deny future applications for such leases. BIS has also made Cuba subject to the 10% de minimis rule, which restricts the exports of goods containing more than 10% of US-origin content. See Final Rule, which amends the Export Administration Regulations, effective today, 21 October 2019.

The sanctions have been imposed due to the Cuban government’s support for the Venezuelan Maduro regime and repression of their citizens. Last week (18 October), the US Dept of State criticised in a press release the detainment of José Daniel Ferrer and other Cuban human rights defenders, and indicated that sanctions and trade restrictions would be increased as a result.

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