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Do you sell Cuban cigars?

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Do you sell Cuban cigars?
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We do not sell Cuban cigars. The sale of cigars manufactured in Cuba is prohibited by law. The Cuban Assets Control Regulations, also known as the Cuban embargo, were issued by the U.S. Government on 8 July 1963 and are still in force today and affect all U.S. citizens and permanent residents wherever they are located, all people and organizations physically in the United States.

On its latest Cuban Cigar update, the US Department of Treasury states: "There is now an across the board ban on the importation into the United States of Cuban-origin cigars and other Cuban-origin tobacco products, as well as most other products of Cuban origin. This prohibition extends to such products acquired in Cuba, irrespective of whether a traveler is licensed by OFAC to engage in Cuba travel-related transactions and to such products acquired in third countries by any U.S. traveler, including purchases at duty free shops.  Importation of these Cuban goods is prohibited whether the goods are purchased directly by the importer or given to the importer as a gift. Similarly, the import ban extends to Cuban-origin tobacco products offered for sale over the Internet or through catalog mail purchases."

Prior to August 1, 2004, there was one exception to the US embargo on Cuban cigars: $100 worth of Cuban merchandise could be brought into the United States as accompanied baggage by authorized travelers arriving from Cuba. As the previous paragraph shows, this exception has been removed and is no longer valid.

So to summarize the new regulations, it is illegal to purchase Cuban cigars if you are a U.S. citizen or resident, whether they are purchased at a store in Cuba or the US, over the Internet or catalog mail order or even in a third country for use outside the United States. Criminal penalties for violations range up to $250,000 for individuals and up to 10 years in prison. Civil penalties of up to $65,000 per violation may be imposed by OFAC.

The department of treasury considers "cuban cigars" any cigar that is manufactured in Cuba or manufactured with Cuban tobacco outside of Cuba. Do not confuse with Cuban seed cigars, which are produced from tobacco grown and harvested in a third country from Cuban seeds. These are not considered Cuban products.

Be careful...


By Luzzie Normand
Co-Founder & Editor; Neptune Cigars Inc.
Neptune Channel
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