Do you sell Cuban cigars?

Do you sell Cuban cigars?

We do not sell Cuban cigars. The sale of cigars manufactured in Cuba is prohibited by law. The Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR), 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: "Yes, the Cuba embargo remains in place. Most transactions between the United States, or persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction, and Cuba continue to be prohibited, and OFAC continues to enforce the prohibitions of the CACR. Travelers are authorized to acquire in Cuba and import as accompanied baggage into the United States merchandise with a value not to exceed $400 per person, provided that no more than $100 of the merchandise consists of alcohol or tobacco products and the merchandise is imported for personal use only."

On December 17, 2014, President Obama announced some new measures regarding the easing of relations between the United States and Cuba. One of the changes that was announced was that visitors to Cuba will now be able to bring back $100 worth of Cuban cigars. This only applies to those traveling from the US to Cuba on approved trips, and does not apply to those coming from a third country. According to current US law, you may still not bring those Cuban smokes you bought in Mexico, nor can you buy Cuban cigars via mail order. 

So to summarize, it is still illegal to purchase Cuban cigars in the United States if you are a US citizen or resident, 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...

Updated 1/22/2015

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