Prior to January 16, 2015 (the date of publication of the revised rules in the Federal Register), any export or re-export of products to Cuba subject to the EAR would require a license from BIS, and generally, applications for export licenses for trade with Cuba were denied.
As part of the U.S. government’s efforts to chart a new course in bilateral relations with Cuba, BIS has implemented a new license exception (known as “support for the Cuban people” or SCP) that, among other changes to the EAR, authorizes the export of certain items that fall under new exception.
Major elements of these changes, in the revised regulations, are specifically aimed as “support for the Cuban people” and include:
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