|May 4, 2004, as
reported by just-food.com: Despite the ongoing
trade embargo, DairyAmerica has finalized two sales of
skim milk powder to the Caribbean nation. This will be
among the first sizeable sales of US dairy products to
Cuba in more than 40 years.
Since October 2000, the US government has permitted
limited sales of food to Cuba under certain conditions.
Exporters who want to serve the market must go through
a complex procedure to get a special license and sales
must be cash-in-advance only. Nonetheless, US food sales
to Cuba were approximately $325m last year.
"Cuba is a natural trading partner for us, and
cannot continue to be ignored because of US policies,"
said Rich Lewis, chief operating office of DairyAmerica.
"Alimport, the nation's food import agency, is
looking to buy more from the United States. Agency officials
say Alimport could import 40,000-50,000 metric tons
of US milk powder annually if all restrictions were
removed," Lewis said.