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U.S. eases restrictions on imports from private Cubans

Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 01:13

Cubans unsure as to how U.S. easing of restrictions will affect them as Cuban government has yet to incorporate business change on the island. Mana Rabie reports.

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In Havana, Cuba, locals and merchants react to news that the U.S. has eased import restrictions on Cuban goods and services. Except for a few broad categories of goods -- like cars, live animals, machinery and such -- ALL Cuban goods are now allowed in the U.S. This, after secret talks between Washington and Havana resulted in a rapprochement between the two countries. Still, for street merchants like Nelson Espinosa, exporting his small wares isn't as crucial for his bottom line as what he REALLY wants to see -- more U.S. visitors to Cuba. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) NELSON ESPINOSA, WOOD CARVER AND ARTIST SAYING: "For us here it is work and the sale of our products which we can make now. But to have a parallel market and that kind of thing? No, our goal is to do what we can and do our normal day's work." What COULD be more significant ... opening up the U.S. to Cuban SERVICES. That would allow people like graphic designers, computer programmers, even party planners, to finally tap into the U.S. for their client base after years of a crippling economic embargo.

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U.S. eases restrictions on imports from private Cubans

Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 01:13