Apple May Sell Products In Cuba After US Lifts Trade Embargo

Apple’s website was updated this week to reflect U.S. relaxation of trade restrictions to Cuba Reuters

The next place you may find an iPhone 6 is Cuba. Apple’s products can now be sold there following the White House’s relaxation of restrictions on exports to the Caribbean country.

The U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security, following a January rule change, now allows certain products to be exported to Cuba under a license exemption titled “Support for the Cuban People.”

Certain consumer communications devices can now be exported and sold in the country, including PCs, mobile phones, televisions, software and recording devices.

Apple this week updated a list of restricted countries on its Web site to reflect the change. It did not specify which products it plans to sell in Cuba.

Before the rule change, certain consumer communications devices were only allowed to be exported to Cuba through an export license and only if they were donated to individuals not directly tied to the Cuban government.

President Obama in December announced that new rules would relax restrictions enforced on Cuba since the U.S. imposed an embargo in 1960.

Apple continues to follow full U.S. embargos against North Korea, Syria and Sudan, as well as a partial ban of services to Iran. While not explicitly stated in Apple’s Global Trade Compliance page, the company has reportedly also cut off its products and services to Crimea in order to comply with U.S. trade sanctions against the region.

Apple is one of many American technology companies looking to do business in Cuba following the rule changes. Earlier this month, Netflix made a similar move by announcing its expansion to the country, despite the lack of easily accessible Internet there.

By Luke Villapaz, International Business Times

February 18, 2015

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