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The United States maintains a comprehensive economic embargo on the Republic of Cuba. In February 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed an embargo on trade between the United States and Cuba, in response to certain actions taken by the Cuban Government, and directed the Departments of Commerce and the Treasury to implement the embargo, which remains in place today.

On June 16, 2017, President Trump issued a National Security Presidential Memorandum (NSPM) on Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba. On November 8, 2017, the Departments of State, Commerce, and the Treasury announced certain changes to implement President Trump’s June 2017 NSPM. For additional information, please visit the relevant links below and the Cuba Restricted List.


Please visit the archive to view material related to Cuba Sanctions from prior to January 21, 2017.

Executive Orders


Presidential Memoranda


Section 515.582: Authorized Importations Into the United States From Independent Cuban Entrepreneurs

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U.S. Department of State

The Lessons of 1989: Freedom and Our Future