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Posted May 09, 2003 by publisher in Cuba-US Trade

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GULFPORT, MS | AP

The Mississippi Coast Trade Council is focusing on Cuba as a place to export state products.

The council, established to represent Mississippi companies interested in selling products to foreign countries, has obtained a travel license to visit Cuba. The license was granted by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Controls.

“We have been targeting for the last seven months the companies throughout the state who may be interested,” in selling products to Cuba, said Mike Olivier, the council’s president.

Some companies are interested in selling poultry and wood products, but there are also opportunities to sell rice, soybeans, and cotton, he said.

Three licenses are required to sell products to that country—one for travel, one for shipping and one for the sale itself.

A date hasn’t been set for the customer hunting trip.

A group from south Mississippi traveled to Cuba in 1995, but a trade embargo limited the amount of products companies could sell to the communist country.

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