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Butter, cocoa, popcorn: Havana increases food purchases in the US

Butter, cocoa, popcorn: Havana increases food purchases in the US

Agricultural and food products exports from the US to Cuba increased by 18.3% in July 2022As well as that of health products, while humanitarian donations fell, the neighboring country’s agriculture department indicated in its balance sheet for the seventh month of the year.

According to agency data, Sales to the island in that period were of the order of $23,468,476, an increase compared to 19,832,195 in July 2021. and 12,809,286 of the same month of 2020.

On the other hand, this figure shows a decrease of 6.2% year-on-yearSince the first seven months of 2022 total purchases from Havana were $167,653,569, down from 178,774,363 for the same period in 2021.

Cuba is now the 52nd market for US food and agricultural productsFrom a list of 224 destinations around the world.

In addition to those figures, Health products exports to Cuba amounted to an order of $974,025 in July., higher than in June ($876,983). towards and Humanitarian donations, which totaled $3,786,513 in Junemore than doubled from $1,124,280 in May, In July, they fell to $2,264,433.

Exports to Cuba in July included wood pulp, olive oil, frozen chicken leg quarters, frozen chicken beef, frozen chicken thighs, coffee, butter, popcorn, cocoa, corn chips, vegetable juices, non-alcoholic beverages, Deodorant, soap, and disinfectant included. Pesticides, Department of Agriculture.

The Cuban authorities never make their purchase portfolio public in the US or indicate the destination of such products. Instead, they blame the lack of Cubans on Washington’s “iron blockade”.

However, whenever a product is labeled “Made in USA” in a Cuban store, people often react with irony.

These exports are, despite the ban, authorized under the Trade Restrictions Reform and Export Promotion Act (TSREEA) of 2000, ratified by the George W. Bush administration, to which Havana has been recurring since then.

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