Cuba Business

Havana International Trade Fair nets estimated $200 million in US contracts

Posted November 08, 2004 by publisher in Cuba Business.

The 2004 Havana International Trade Fair closed in Havana on Sunday with the signing of contracts and letters of intent worth around 200 million USD.

Under the documents, foreigners will export 193 million USD worth of goods to Cuba, while importing 7 million USD worth from the island country.

Cuba’s farm produce import company (ALIMPORT) alone signed contracts worth more than 135 million USD with foreign partners to import wheat, soya-bean, wheat flour, and poultry, including 65 million USD worth of goods from 15 American states.

The ALIPORT chairman said his company has signed contracts to purchase 1 billion USD worth of farm produce from the US since 2001. Despite the US’s tight economic embargo on Cuba, imports from the US increased from 343 million USD last year to 450 million USD in 2004.

The US currently ranks sixth among Cuba’s trading partners, following Venezuela, Spain, Canada, the Netherlands, and China.

The week-long trade fair was attended by more than 1,170 enterprises from 45 countries operating in the markets of electronics, information technology, importation and exportation of agricultural products, garment and textile, and footwear.

The next event will be held in Havana in November 2005.

Member Comments

On November 10, 2004, Phil John wrote:

Dear Friend,
I am Mr.Phil John,managinig director of HUAMAO ARTS AND CRAFTS
we are a group of business men who deal on Art and Craft and export
into the Canada/America and Europe.
We are searching for representatives who can help us establish a
medium of getting to our customers in the Canada/America and Europe
as well as making payments through you to us.Please if you are
interested in transacting business with us, we will be very glad.
Please contact us for more information.
Subject to your satisfaction you will be given the opportunity to
negotiate your mode of which we will pay you for your services as our
representative in Canada/America and Europe Please if you are
interested forward to us your phone number/fax and your full contact
Thanks In advance
Managing Director,
Mr.Phil John.

On November 13, 2004, Carlos Lopez wrote:

American Trading Services was one a many US companies that participated in this year’ Habana Trade Fair. We represented several companies from the US including products from Nestle, Sutter Home, Apple and Eve, Latin Specialties, Hansen’ Juice, etc. We are licenced under by the US Department of Treasury to trade with cuba directly from US ports. If you are interested in trading food, agricultural or mediacl supply products with Cuba, please contact me at your convenience. We are scheduled to return to Cuba in mid December to conduct additional transactions.

Thank you,

Carlos Lopez

On November 29, 2004, Keita Yao wrote:

From: Mr, KEITA   YAO.
Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire
501 lot 1885 Cocody Quaters
West Africa.

Dear Sir,

How are you, hope you are fine. Please, I have an issue that will help us to go into a long time relationship and financial transaction for our mutual benefits.

I am KEITA YAO residence in the above address, I m’ 25 years of age, I m’ the son of the late Mr and Mrs YAO DROGBA , My father was a Gold Argents in Abidjan( Ivory Coast )Before the death of my father on 10th Aug 2003 in a private hospital here in Abidjan he called me as his beloved son and told me that he has a sum of USD$4 million in fix deposit account in Bank here, 

He used my name as his beloved son as the next of kin in depositing the fund. And I should seek for a foreign partner in a country of my choice where I will transfer this money and use it for an investment purpose.  I humbly seek for your assistance, to help me to transfer this money in your account for investment, and to serve as a guardian of this fund..

Since I am still a student, to make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my education.                             

Thanks as you made up your heart to help an orphan like me.


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On April 15, 2011, Nicolas wrote:


I am writing here to receive some help in finding custom company in Havana.
I would like to exports goods to Cuba but I would like to know all about it.
First of all I need to finr company which pick up all goods from the port.

I if you know such company pls do not hesitate to write on my email


On April 15, 2011, publisher wrote:

If you want to export goods from the US, first you have to get a license from the US Treasury. There is a very specific list of goods that can be exported from the US into Cuba.

If you are exporting from outside of the US to Cuba, you need to understand how the Cuban government buys imports.

Regarding your question about which company picks up goods for distribution from the port of Havana…the Cuban government controls ALL distribution of goods in Cuba.

We offer Cuba consulting services if you want to continue to learn more about selling goods into Cuba.