Obama May Ease U.S. Travel To Cuba Even If Congress Won’t Act

Monday, 9 August 2010


Travel and trade restrictions on Cuba have been adjusted bynearly every U.S. administration since then-President Dwight D. Eisenhower established trade limits in 1960, following Fidel’srevolution against the U.S.-backed Batista regime. FormerPresident George W. Bush banned some educational exchanges notdirectly related to academic coursework in 2003, according to areport by the Congressional Research Service.

The U.S. exported $532 million worth of goods to Cuba lastyear, most of it wheat, corn, meat and other farm goods. Thattotal could be higher if rules governing cash payments were madesimpler, U.S. farm groups say.

Groups such as the United States Tour Operators Associationand the National Foreign Trade Council, a Washington-basedorganization of companies and trade associations, have calledfor a repeal of the ban, which is designed to isolate the Castroregime and keep hard currency out of the country.

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