BIS Further Restricts Exports to Cuba

BIS Further Restricts Exports to Cuba


By: Michael T. Gershberg, Justin A. Schenck, Avani Uppalapati

On October 21, 2019, the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published a final rule further restricting the export and reexport of items to Cuba, including (1) a reduction in the de minimis level applicable to Cuba, (2) limiting the export of aircrafts to government-owned airlines, and (3) tightening the rules for certain donations to Cuba.  The rule was issued in response to Cuba's continuing support for the Maduro regime in Venezuela and human rights violations in Cuba.  It also represents another step in implementing President Trump's policy of restricting the Cuban government's access to funding, as outlined in the 2017 National Security Presidential Memorandum.

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