Cuba: What Can I Sell Into Cuba Without a License?

The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security, BIS, has implemented a License Exception entitled “Support for the Cuban People” (License Exception SCP) which authorizes unlicensed sales of:

  • Building materials, equipment, and tools
    • For use by the private sector to construct or renovate privately-owned buildings, including privately-owned residences, businesses, places of worship, and buildings for private sector social or recreational use
  • Tools and equipment for private sector agricultural activity
  • Tools, equipment, supplies, and instruments for use by private sector entrepreneurs

But only if such items are classified EAR99 or are controlled by BIS solely for anti-terrorism reasons.

Caution: All sales to Cuba are subject to a number of conditions and restrictions. You should not engage in them without consulting counsel.

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