Canada: Windsor cigar stores could feel impact of Cuban-U.S thaw
Windsor cigar sellers are unsure whether U.S easing restrictions on Americans bringing in Cuban cigars will affect their business.
Friday, the Obama administration announced it would eliminate the $100 limit on the value of Cuban rum and cigars that American travellers can bring back from Cuba.
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Since the change does not affect whether Cuban cigars can be sold in the United States, Windsor will remain likely the closest place for Americans to purchase their cigars. But that doesn’t take away the uncertainty thawed U.S-Cuban relations brings.
“We’ve been operating under an embargo. This is the way things have looked for a long time,” said Jay Henderson the manager of El Casa del Habano cigar store. “Now, I don’t know.”
For more than 50 years, the U.S. has enforced a trade embargo with the island nation. Cuban products — like cigars — could not be sold in the United States and only a select few travellers could bring those products in.
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Still, with relations between the two softening recently, Henderson says he is preparing for a time when it’s normal for U.S citizens to buy Cuban cigars in the United States.
“We have been living for quite some time in this industry, knowing that could happen,” he said
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