USA*ENGAGE Calls New Trade Rules with Cuba a "Modest Step"

Wednesday, 19 May 1999

All sales will be approved on a case-by-case basis by BXA. "We support any initiative to engage the Cuban people. They have been isolated and punished long enough, and for no apparent gain," said Frank Kittredge, President of the National Foreign Trade Council and Vice Chairman of USA*ENGAGE. "The new rules represent movement in the right direction, but are modest in nature. We are hopeful that the Administration will expand U.S. trade opportunities in the near future." BXA announced that agricultural commodities that will be considered for export approval include food, insecticides, herbicides, pesticides, seeds and fertilizer.

"We are disappointed that agricultural equipment was not included in the approved list. The exclusion is inconsistent with the President's goal," Kittredge continued. "U.S. companies can now sell seeds and fertilizer, but not the equipment that would allow Cuban farmers to most effectively use these products."

In addition to limited agriculture exports, BXA announced rules easing travel restrictions, and announced its goal of reestablishing direct mail service between the U.S. and Cuba.

USA*ENGAGE is a coalition of over 670 small and large businesses, agriculture groups and trade associations working to seek alternatives to the proliferation of unilateral U.S. foreign policy sanctions and to promote the benefits of U.S. engagement abroad. For more information on USA*ENGAGE and the harmful effects of unilateral trade sanctions, visit the USA*ENGAGE web site at www.usaengage.org.

 

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