Cigars and rum from Cuba going back to Australia - US in transit
Replies: 17 - Last Post: Oct 18, 2013 9:57 AM Last Post By: bobmichaels
Dec 19, 2012 9:58 AM
15Your experience is very typical, Georgecom. There's no reason for US CBP to hassle a foreign tourist who is just passing through and a decent/intelligent CBP official knows that. It's the silly ones with a bee up their butt that will cause an issue and fortunately they're few and far between - but they are out there.
Oct 18, 2013 7:22 AM
16Law has now changed on this:
"Can a non-U.S. resident who is transiting the U.S. from Cuba bring Cuban cigars with them to take to their own country?
No. According to the Office of Foreign Assets Control, foreign nationals may not transit the U.S. with goods of Cuban origin. Penalties include forfeiture of the cigars and possible fines."
Oct 18, 2013 9:57 AM
17I strongly suspect this interpretation is enforced as is most OFAC rulings involving Cuba, that is by looking the other way.
No guarantees expressed or implied but CBP has allowed me to return to the US with Cuban rum and/or cigars when I listed them on my form and explained the truly unique circumstances. Now I do suspect if an American is returning with Cuban rum or cigars simply because they are not allowed in the US, the CBP reaction would differ.
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