U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba Statement on Administration’s Cuba Policy Announcement

WASHINGTON DC - The U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC) is disappointed in the decision to undo recent federal initiatives that lay the groundwork for normalizing trade relations with Cuba.

Roadblocks to trade - such as those included in these new rules put U.S. agriculture at a global disadvantage. U.S. market share is now less than 10 percent of Cuba’s agricultural imports, despite the superior quality of our products, our competitive prices, and the logistical advantages we have. Located just 90 miles from the U.S. coast, Cuba should be an obvious and reliable market for American businesses, as it has been in the past.

As the largest agricultural coalition in America, USACC remains committed to normal trade relations with Cuba. We will continue working closely with Congress on this important issue for our industry.

To learn more about USACC, please visit www.usagcoalition.com

About the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba: The USACC seeks to advance trade relations between the U.S. and Cuba by re-establishing Cuba as a market for U.S. food and agriculture exports. The USACC believes that normalizing trade relations between the U.S. and Cuba will provide the U.S. farm and business community with new market access opportunities, drive enhanced growth in both countries and allow U.S. farmers, ranchers and food companies to efficiently address Cuban citizen’s food security needs. Under current sanctions, U.S. food and agriculture companies can legally export to Cuba, but financing and trade restrictions limit their ability to serve the market competitively. The USACC ultimately seeks to end the embargo and allow for open trade and investment.