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Cuba Embargo Hearing Postponed Two Months

Thursday, March 05, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The International Trade Commission has postponed from March 24 to June 2 a public hearing to be held in connection with its investigation of the economic effects on exports of U.S. goods and services, including digitally traded goods and services, of statutory and administrative restrictions related to trade with and travel to Cuba by U.S. citizens. The deadline for filing requests to appear at the hearing is now May 18, the deadline for filing pre-hearing briefs and statements is May 20, the deadline for filing post-hearing briefs and statements is June 9, and all other written submissions are due by June 19.

The ITC plans to submit by Sept. 15 a report that includes the following.

- an overview of Cuba’s imports of goods and services from 2005 to the present, including identification of major supplying countries, products and market segments

- a description of how U.S. restrictions on trade, including those relating to export financing terms and travel to Cuba by U.S. citizens, affect Cuban imports of U.S. goods and services

- for sectors where the impact is likely to be significant, a qualitative and quantitative estimate of U.S. exports of goods and services to Cuba in the event that statutory, regulatory or other trade restrictions on U.S. exports of goods and services, as well as travel to Cuba by U.S. citizens, are lifted

- to the extent possible, state-specific analysis of the impacts described above

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