Obama lifts ban on Cuban cigars and rum

Cuban Cigar

Cuban cigar // Photo via Flickr user Adam, CC 2.0

The Obama administration announced a round of executive actions today aimed at increasing trade and travel with Cuba. Chief among them (as far as we’re concerned): travelers can now legally bring Cuban cigars and rum into the U.S.

The new rule goes into effect on Monday and stipulates that individuals can purchase unlimited quantities of Cuban rum and cigars in any country where they’re sold and bring them into the U.S., as long as they are for personal consumption, according to a USA Today story.

The rule does not allow for ordering the products and having them shipped here, so don’t expect to see Cubans at cigar shops anytime soon. The new regulations issued do, however, make it easier for U.S. companies to import Cuban-made pharmaceuticals, U.S. agricultural companies to sell their products to the island and Cubans to purchase U.S.-made goods online.

[H/T USA Today]

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