Saturday, July 14, 2012

First shipment from Miami in 50 years

First shipment from Miami in 50 years

A small cargo ship sailed into Havana Bay yesterday with the first
maritime shipment from Miami to Cuba in 50 years. The Ana Cecilia
carried just one container filled with food and other items, but it was
the beginning of what shipper International Port Corp hopes will be a
weekly service linking the United States and Cuba, longtime ideological

There are other shipping services between the two countries, but none
linking Miami, centre of the Cuban exile community in the US and
opposition to Cuba's communist government, to Havana. "It's one of the
best things that has happened. We have to start to do things like this
now and we have to start to create bridges like this," said Leonardo
Sanchez, spokesman for International Port Corp.

The company was granted a licence by the US government, which has
imposed a trade embargo against Cuba since 1962. President Barack Obama
has eased the embargo in a few ways, such as allowing Cuban Americans to
travel freely and send unlimited remittances to Cuba. – (Reuters)

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