Manufacturers to Congress: End Cuba Trade Restrictions

Lifting Embargo Will Foster Economic Growth

Washington, D.C., March 23, 2016 – On the heels of President Obama’s visit to Havana, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Vice President of International Economic Affairs Linda Dempsey sent a letter calling on congressional leaders to pass legislation to release the trade embargo on Cuba. The letter commends U.S. Reps. Tom Emmer (R-MN) and Kathy Castor (D-FL) for introducing the Cuba Trade Act of 2015.

“Eliminating the trade embargo on Cuba will allow for increased economic activity between the two nations and provide manufacturers with new access to a market less than 100 miles from our shores,” Dempsey wrote. “The NAM supports the ongoing efforts to achieve normal trade relations with Cuba, and we strongly encourage Congress to advance legislation that will open trade and investment.”

The NAM recently formed the Cuba Policy Working Group to look into legislative solutions, including lifting current trade and travel bans between the two countries, making it simpler for Americans to engage with Cuban citizens and allowing companies and individuals in the United States to support the growth of private enterprise in Cuba.

Learn more about the NAM’s trade priorities here


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