Groups Ask for Free Trade with Cuba

Request issued for end to regulatory restrictions on travel to Cuba.

Twenty-one agricultural groups have asked President Obama to immediately issue orders that will effectively end the decades old barriers that agriculture has faced with Cuba – a move, they say, is long overdue.

The letter stated, "Trade with Cuba is important to the United States for economic, diplomatic, and geopolitical reasons. We respectively urge you to use your executive authority to open up U.S. - Cuban trade and travel by eliminating regulatory restrictions on personal and commercial travel to Cuba and allowing normal commercial transactions and direct payment terms."

The groups also wrote, "Our organizations' members have strongly supported unobstructed trade with Cuba for many years. Unimpeded U.S. - Cuba trade and travel will immediately benefit U.S. agricultural, humanitarian, commercial/industrial, financial, and transportation sectors."

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