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Posted June 10, 2003 by publisher in Cuba-US Trade

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A lumber company will begin shipments to Cuba this month, becoming the first American company to sell wood to the communist nation since 1958, company officials said Monday.

Lanahan Lumber Co. has orders for 350 containers of southern yellow pine, the company said. The first shipments of 25 containers will be taken from Jacksonville and Gulfport, Miss., to Havana within the next two weeks and will continue twice a month for the next six months.

“We are very excited to announce this partnership with Cuba and to be the first in almost 43 years to create such a partnership,” said company president Michael Lanahan, who visited the Cuba six times last year to secure the orders.

The Jacksonville-based company has the potential to ship nearly 800 containers of lumber to Cuba over the next year.

The lumber will be used in Cuba to rebuild farm houses that were destroyed by hurricanes and to build pallets to move wheat and other grain shipped from U.S. farms, the company said.

The lumber sales are permitted by the U.S. Trade Act and authorized by the Department of Treasury.

A 2000 U.S. law allows American food sales as an exception to the four-decade-old embargo against Cuba. The first contract was signed on Dec. 16, 2001, and since then Cuba has contracted to buy more than $200 million in American food.

  1. Follow up post #1 added on August 09, 2004 by R.L. Duke Snyder

    Excellent business decision!


  2. Follow up post #2 added on September 27, 2004 by sarah

    That is a lot of lumber.


  3. Follow up post #3 added on February 04, 2009 by Jacksonville Rob

    I agree with the first poster, R.L. Duke Snyder, but I’m a bit confused…..I was always under the assumption that importing/exporting/trading/etc. was illegal with Cuba?  For example, the whole cigar thing.  It’s obvious that food products are allowed, but does anyone know the actual legal/political process behind a company being given the right to do this?


  4. Follow up post #4 added on February 04, 2009 by paul

    There’s a list on http://www.cubatrade.org of all the things that Cuba can buy from the US. It goes well beyond food and medicine.


  5. Follow up post #5 added on February 05, 2009 by pipefitter

    Paul, I think you must be looking at a different list. From what I can see besides food and agricultural products, it also says wood and wood products along with office items for news media and anti Castro groups, donations of food to individuals and non-gov groups etc. with permits from the U.S. Any ships that transport goods to Cuba can’t return to a U.S. port for 180 days and must get U.S. permission to transport goods to Cuba. Aircraft and vessels can only go to Cuba from the U.S. on a temperary basis etc.


  6. Follow up post #6 added on February 07, 2009 by g frame

    Except for american ships carrying goods under license.


  7. Follow up post #7 added on February 07, 2009 by pipefitter

    Thats what I said, they have to get permission from the U.S. Gov.


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