Textile Articles, Coffee Added to List of Eligible Imports from Cuba
As of April 22 persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction may import coffee (HTSUS heading 0901) and additional textiles and textile articles (HTSUS Chapters 51 and 52) produced by independent Cuban entrepreneurs in addition to the items previously authorized. In addition, these items no longer need to be imported directly from Cuba. According to a notice from the State Department, this change was made by removing these products from the list of goods NOT eligible for importation from Cuba, which is available here.
Those importing authorized goods or services from Cuba must obtain documentary evidence demonstrating the entrepreneur’s independent status, such as a copy of a license to be self-employed issued by the Cuban government or, in the case of an entity, evidence demonstrating that the entrepreneur is a private entity that is not owned or controlled in whole or in part by the Cuban government. State notes that third-party verification of such status by an independent organization may suffice in the future.