|Cuba receives first US shipment in 50 years|
|Saturday, 14 July 2012 23:35|
The US had imposed a trade embargo on the Communist-run island since 1962, but International Port Corp says it has been granted a special permit from the US to begin trading.
“This is so wonderful,” said company spokesman Leonardo Sanchez-Adega, after the ship finally docked following a delay of several hours due to an error in customs paperwork submitted to the Cuban authorities.
There has been no official response from Cuba, however, the Cuban community in Florida were “positive” about the shipments, according to International Port Corp.
The company’s clients include charitable, religious and humanitarian groups, as well as relatives of people living in Cuba, which the US considers humanitarian aid from family members and sanctioned groups.
The Ana Cecilia, a small cargo ship, can hold 16 containers of supplies.
home, a significant move as 80 percent of the estimated 1,5 million members of the Cuban diaspora live in the US.
But the increased flexibility has its limits.