MIAMI — Attention U.S. travelers going abroad: You now can bring home all 
the Cuban rum and cigars you want.

The Obama administration announced Friday a new round of executive actions 
designed to increase trade and travel. And this is the one many Americans 
have been waiting for — no more restrictions on the island's famed rum and 

Under the new rules, travelers can purchase unlimited quantities of Cuban 
rum and cigars in any country where they are sold so long as they are for 
personal consumption. Sorry American couch potatoes: You can't order Cuban 
rum and cigars online and have them shipped to your home.

The regulations issued by the U.S. departments of Commerce and 
Treasury will 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.

The changes follow a series of steps taken since President Obama and Cuban 
President Raúl Castro announced on Dec. 17, 2014, that the Cold War foes 
would normalize relations after more than a half century of enmity.
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On Friday, Obama added to the regulatory changes with a presidential policy 
directive that outlines his Cuba strategy thus far and lays out the future 
course. It includes a call for Congress to rescind a 50-year-old economic 
embargo on the island, something lawmakers have been unwilling to do so 
long as the Castro regime suppresses political and other freedoms.

The goal of the new regulations and policy directive are to make Obama's 
Cuba policy "irreversible" by establishing so many relationships with 
Cuba that a future administration wanting to scale back those ties would 
face widespread opposition from U.S. businesses and citizens.

"Challenges remain — and very real differences between our governments 
persist on issues of democracy and human rights — but I believe that 
engagement is the best way to address those differences and make progress 
on behalf of our interests and values," Obama said. "The progress of the 
last two years, bolstered by today's action, should remind the world of 
what's possible when we look to the future together."


First Cuban product to be sold in U.S.: coffee--sorry no cigar

The most noticeable — and likely most welcome — change for most 
Americans is the removal of the five-decade ban on Cuban rum and cigars. 
The Obama administration partially lifted that ban in January 2015, 
allowing Americans traveling directly to Cuba to return home with up to 
$100 in rum and cigars in their carry-on luggage.

Now, that monetary restriction is removed and U.S. citizens can purchase 
as much Cuban tobacco and alcohol as they want from anywhere they find the 
products abroad. That means all those Cuban bottles and boxes at duty free 
shops in foreign airports are fair game. The only restriction, according to 
Treasury: "Normal limits on duty and tax exemptions will apply."

All the changes go into effect Monday.

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