Rob Sequin | Havana Journal
Due to new security measures imposed by the United States on all incoming packages, the Cuban government has indefinitely suspended package deliveries to Cuba.
This does not include letters weighing less than 16 ounces.
Announced on Cuban television, the Cuban package delivery service, CubaPack, a division of Cimex, will no longer accept any packages bound for the US.
Due to the US Embargo on Cuba, currently all outgoing packages shipped from Cuba to the US must go through Mexico or Canada. However, shipping packages out of Cuba via DHL to the US has restrictions within Cuba and is not related to latest decision.
Last month, US Customs discovered and seized thousands of Cuban cigars. Since two packages with bombs were sent from Yemen to the US, the United States Customs and Border Patrol has been screening all incoming parcels. This has resulted in the discovery of tens of thousands of Cuban cigars and has caused the US to either slow down or refuse entry of packages shipped from Cuba and other countries.
Therefore, this decision by Cuba was due more to US restrictions than some Cuban government imposed restriction on its citizens.
Meanwhile, the AFP is reporting that the US State Department denied Cuba’s claims that the US postal service had returned mail to the island saying US authorities have “not imposed restrictions on such mail and that the interruption “may be due to the return of US-bound mail by third country air carriers unable to transport it to destination and who may thus be declining to carry any mail, including from Cuba, to the United States.”
In September 2009, officials from both countries met for a first round of talks to re-establish a direct mail service.