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 (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: "Persons authorized to travel to Cuba may purchase alcohol and tobacco products while in Cuba for personal consumption. Authorized travelers may also return to the United States with alcohol and/or tobacco products acquired in Cuba as accompanied baggage for personal use. OFAC considers “personal use” of an imported item to include giving the item to another individual as a personal gift, but not the transfer of the item to another person for payment or other consideration."

A non-U.S. person (i.e. not a U.S. citizen or resident) arriving in the United States is authorized to import Cuban-origin merchandise, including tobacco and alcohol, as accompanied baggage provided the merchandise is not in commercial quantities and not imported for resale.

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. 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.


Updated 1/22/2015



By Luzzie Normand
Co-Founder & Editor; Neptune Cigars Inc.
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Cuban cigars are overrated anyway .
This was very informative and concise.