June 21, 2017
President Donald Trump last week announced a shift in policy toward Cuba that will make travel to the island nation more difficult, but could open the market for U.S. dairy products to Cuba. The shift, announced in a presidential memorandum, directs the Treasury and Commerce departments to implement regulatory changes that further enhance travel restrictions and reaffirm the United States’ statutory embargo towards Cuba. However, the memorandum also mandates the relevant agencies “support the sale of agricultural commodities,” including dairy, to Cuba. The process will begin within 30 days, and IDFA will work to ensure that dairy products have access to the Cuban market.