New US regulations Open Markets to Self-Employed Cubans / 14ymedio
Posted on February 13, 2015
14ymedio, Miami, 13 February 2015 – The US State Department published
new details on its website on Friday about the goods and services that
US citizens may import from Cuba. The list includes articles such as
perfumes, soaps, candles, photographs, jewelry and crafts, including
wood, some metals, hide, plastic or rubber, textiles, shows, ceramic and
glass, among others.
However, the limits are maintained for the importing of animal products,
vegetables, prepared food, mining products, tobacco and alcohol, wool or
silk textiles, some metals, machinery and appliances, transport
equipment and firearms, among others.
Companies or individuals in the US who import products made in Cuban
must have proof that the import is from a self-employed person and not
from a State enterprise. For travelers who import the products on the
new list, the $400 limit applied to other products does not apply.
For the import of services provided by the self-employed in Cuba, the US
government has created even fewer regulations than for goods As of now,
any self-employed Cuban who offers services with a license authorized by
the State will be able to import that service to the United States. The
US person or company that imports goods or services from Cuba must keep
a copy of the self-employment license associated with the good or service.
With these new measures, self-employed Cubans will have a new market to
export their goods and services, and will have more opportunities to
grow their businesses. However, the Cuban government still has no legal
framework for self-employed to enter into legal contracts with
Sources close to the State Department US have assured 14ymedio more
changes in the regulations are coming.
Source: New US regulations Open Markets to Self-Employed Cubans /
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