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Posted June 23, 2010 by publisher in Business In Cuba

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Rob Sequin | Havana Journal

We have compiled a list of Cuba business and trade related organizations in Cuba and in the United States.

Any business with plans for doing business in Cuba should get to know people in these organizations.

There are many obstacles to success on the US side and of course in Cuba as well.

Most businesses waste LOTS of time and money in Cuba and most businesses lose money on their Cuba related venture.

Cuba Business and Trade Related Organizations in Cuba

Cámara de Comercio de la República de Cuba - Chamber of Commerce of the Republic of Cuba
Calle 21, #661, esquina A. Vedado
Phone: (53)(7) 55-1321/1324/1452/1931
FAX: (53)(7) 833-3042
Contact: Lic. Antonio L. Carricarte Corona, Pres.

Puerto de La Habana
San Ignacio No. 104, Obispo y O’Reilly
Habana Vieja
Phone: (53) (7) 862-8230

Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores (Ministry of Foreign Trade)
Calzado No. 360 a esq. G, Vedado Havana
Phone: (53) 55-3537
PHONE: (53) 33-3460

Centro para la Promoción del Comercio Exterior de Cuba (Center for Export Promotion)
Infanta No. 16, esq. a 23, Vedado
Phone: (53)(7) 838-0428
PHONE: (53)(7) 833-2220
E-Mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Aduana General de la Republica de Cuba (General Customs of the Republic of Cuba)
Calle 39, Esq. A 6 Nuevo Vedado, Plaza de la evolucion 10600 Havana
Phone: (53)(7) 55-5466
PHONE: (53)(7) 883-5222
E-Mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Contact: Ramon Sanchez-Parodi Montoto, Head of International Relations Dept.

U.S. Interests Section in the Swiss Embassy
Calzada between L & M Streets
Vedado, Havana
(Mailing Address: Dept. of State, 3200 Havana Pl., Washington, DC 20521-3200)
Phone: (53)(7) 33-3551
PHONE: (53)(7) 33-1084

Cuba Business and Trade Related Organizations in the United States

American Chamber of Commerce of Cuba
910 17th St. NW, Ste. 422
Washington, DC 20006-2605
Phone: (202) 833-3548
FAX: (202) 833-3549
E-Mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Cuban Interests Section
2630 16th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: (202) 797-8518
FAX: (202) 797-8521 or 986-7283

Permanent Mission of Cuba to the UN
315 Lexington Ave.
New York, NY 10016
Phone: (212) 689-7215
FAX: (212) 779-1697 or 689-9073
E-Mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Office of Foreign Assets Control
U.S. Dept. of Treasury
1500 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20220
Phone: (202) 622-2520

Premium Members only content: Phytosanitary import permit, Shipper’s Export Declaration and Shipping to Cuba

DOCUMENTATION - OfficialExportGuide.com

Phytosanitary Certificate: Prior to exporting any agricultural product to Cuba, U.S. exporters should ascertain whether their products will require a phytosanitary import permit for plant products or a zoo-sanitary import permit for animal products.

These permits, issued by the Cuban Ministry of Agriculture, are normally obtained by the importing party. Products subject to this requirement usually include grains, grain products, fruits and vegetables, meats and other agricultural products, which may pose a risk to either plant or animal health. Most consumer-ready foods are exempt from this requirement.

U.S. exporters should be aware that the Ministry of Agriculture may require a visit by one of its officials to production, processing, treatment, handling, storage and/or shipping facilities in the country of origin prior to granting a sanitary import permit for certain agricultural products.


The Shipper’s Export Declaration (SED) or Automated Export System (AES) record is required for shipments valued over US$2,500. When a validated export license is required for the shipment, an SED or AES record is also required, regardless of the shipment’s value. The SED can be filed electronically via the Automated Export System.

For additional information on SED or AES exemptions and requirements, consult 15 CFR Part 30 (§30.1 & §30.5) in U.S. Export Regulations, also published by Commonwealth Business Media, Inc.


Although not regulated by the Cuban government, food containers should be adequately sized for each market segment. The foodservice sector for the tourists is accustomed to larger sizes much the same as in the United States. However, the 10,000 small, in-home restaurants, known as “paladares”, prefer smaller sizes since their purchasing power, storage capability and daily needs are relatively small.

The Cuban retail sector exhibits certain characteristics, which result in different packaging demands as well. Cuban consumers buy more frequently and in smaller sizes than their U.S. counterparts given tighter disposable income levels. For instance, an estimated 90% of cooking oil is sold in one-liter containers. While the four-gallon size is also available and offers greater overall value to the consumer, the majority of the population simply cannot afford the larger size. The same applies to many products, particularly tomato sauce, spaghetti, and mayonnaise.

Cuba has no special Municipal Waste Disposal Laws or product recycling regulations. The manufacturer has the flexibility to use any packaging material as long as its acceptable for use with food products. PVC and similar materials are fully acceptable in Cuba.

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