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U.S. Removes Limits On Travelers’ Cuban Rum And Cigar Purchases

October 17, 2016

As part of its renewal of relations with Cuba, the U.S. government has lifted restrictions on the dollar value of Cuban rum and cigars allowed to be brought back to the U.S. by travelers returning from other countries, including Cuba.

Two years ago, along with other sweeping changes to U.S.-Cuban relations, the government began allowing travelers to return to the U.S. with $100 worth of Cuban rum and cigars. The new policy, announced by the Obama administration Friday, is intended “to further engage and empower the Cuban people and promote political, social, and economic reform in Cuba,” according to a statement from the Treasury Department. “In all cases, the Cuban-origin goods must be imported for personal use, and normal limits on duty and tax exemptions will apply.” —Daniel Marsteller

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