Agricultural Trade Between the U.S. and Cuba: Issues and Prospects

Lana Valdez

Series: Agriculture Issues and Policies
BISAC: LAW102000

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Amid more than a half a century of antagonistic political relations between the United States and Cuba during which commercial ties were largely severed, U.S. exports of agricultural products to the island nation currently stand out as one of the few points of engagement between the two countries, if to a limited degree. U.S. exports of medicine and medical products is the other product category for which the U.S. government has eased its long-standing embargo on trade with Cuba. In a major diplomatic initiative, President Obama announced in December 2014 a significant shift in relations with Cuba with the goal of transitioning from a decades-long policy of sanctions that were designed to isolate Cuba toward a more normal bilateral relationship.

This book reviews the current state of agricultural trade between the United States and Cuba, identifies key impediments to expanding bilateral trade in agricultural products, identifies key provisions in the law to which these obstacles are anchored, and considers the potential consequences for trade in agricultural goods in the event that the current thaw in diplomatic relations was to be extended more broadly so that bilateral trade was returned to a more normal footing. It also summarizes several of the bills introduced in the 114th Congress that propose to remove specific restrictions that impede trade in agricultural goods or that seek to lift the embargo on Cuba entirely. This book also discusses the past, present, and possible future of the U.S.- Cuba agricultural trade; and provides information on Cuba’s regulatory environment as it relates to U.S. agricultural exports.
(Imprint: Nova)

Preface

U.S. Agricultural Trade with Cuba: Current Limitations and Future Prospects
(Mark A. McMinimy)

U.S.-Cuba Agricultural Trade: Past, Present, and Possible Future
(Steven Zahniser, Bryce Cooke, Jerry Cessna, Nathan Childs, David Harvey, Mildred Haley, Michael McConnell, and Carlos Arnade)

Where to Next for Cuban Food and Agriculture
(Samuel D. Wilton)

Statement of Michael Scuse, Under Secretary, Farm and Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Hearing on ''Opportunities and Challenges for Agriculture Trade with Cuba''

Statement of Michael S. Borman, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration. Hearing on ''Opportunities and Challenges for Agriculture Trade with Cuba''

Testimony of John E. Smith, Acting Director, Office of Foreign Assets Control, U.S. Department of the Treasury. Hearing on ''Opportunities and Challenges for Agriculture Trade with Cuba''

Testimony of Michael V. Beall, President & CEO, National Cooperative Business Association. Hearing on ''Opportunities and Challenges for Agriculture Trade with Cuba''

Statement of Terry Harris, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Risk Management, Riceland Foods. Hearing on ''Opportunities and Challenges for Agriculture Trade with Cuba''

Testimony of C. Parr Rosson III, Professor & Department Head, Department of Agriculture Economics, Texas A&M University. Hearing on ''Opportunities and Challenges for Agriculture Trade with Cuba''

Cuba: Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative
(Omar Gonzalez)

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