Cuba Business

International Port Corp gets OFAC approval for Miami to Cuba cargo ship route

Posted July 10, 2012 by publisher in Cuba Business.

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal

Implied in the company’s press release, International Port Corp (IPC) has been granted a Carrier Service Provider license from the US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, the agency in charge of licensing US Cuba trade and travel.

IPC has announced that their first cargo ship will leave for a direct course to Cuba from the Miami River Port at noon Eastern time on July 11, 2012 and arrive in Cuba at 7:00am the next day in Cuba.

This will be the first direct shipment from Miami to Cuba since the Embargo began more than fifty years ago. The company has said that it will offer this as a weekly shipping service from Miami to Cuba.

After the ship docks at the Port of Havana, Cuban government owned and operated CubaPack will handle all deliveries for customers not picking up their goods at the port.

“Once in port, recipients have the option of picking up their shipments or using a one-week all-points Havana delivery service or a two-week island-wide delivery option supported by CubaPack.”

The press release states that all cargo will be humanitarian aid but makes no mention of what is considered to be humanitarian aid. I mentions that they will be shipping “construction materials, home furniture, domestic electrical and electronic goods and car/machine parts”.

International Port Corp
3032 NW North River Drive
Miami, FL 33142

Phone: 305-635-0145

For more information contact Leonardo Sanchez-Adega by phone at 786-657-1902 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or read the entire press release.

Member Comments

On July 10, 2012, publisher wrote:

Seems to be just another extension of already approved cargo service’s provided by other CSP license holders such as Crowley from other ports such as Ft. Lauderdale.

What might be interesting is to see the right wing Cuban response in Miami to having this new service in their backyard.

Politicians seem to think that the world will come to an end if ferry service is authorized to supplement the already vibrant air charter traffic to Cuba from Florida and elsewhere.

They also seem to think that by supporting a ferry, which will significantly reduce the cost to the average Cuban American for making the same trip by air, they will forever ruin their chance of winning an election in South Florida.

If they bothered to survey their constituents, the same ones that elected them, they would find that the majority favor such a service.

Bruce Nierenberg
Chairman CEO
United Caribbean Lines