Mami’s Customs confiscates rum and tobacco from Cuban travelers who import products from the island into the United States. Why does this happen
In September 2020, Donald Trump barred US citizens from importing rum or cigars from Cuba as well as staying in hotels owned by the Cuban government.
“We will further restrict the import of Cuban alcohol and tobacco,” he said during an event at the White House.
Despite the fact that the measure would soon take two years to go into effect, Cuban-Americans denounced that Miami Customs is more often confiscating cigars and rum brought in by travelers.
according to a report by telemundo 51, a Cuban traveler told him that his return this time through customs was different. “My ‘Nelito’, with my two little bottles and cigarettes, a bag full of Tax-free he went there.”
He had traveled to the island a little over a month ago and had no problems.
Rum and tobacco seized from Cuban travelers in US
United States Customs and Border Protection agent, Alexis Morante, explained to the media that “As of September 24, 2020, travelers entering the United States are no longer allowed to bring alcohol and tobacco from Cuba, and that is of Cuban origin.
Asked whether it has since been put into practice, Morante assured that it has not been stopped.
“Bus, the number of passengers to and from Cuba was low, either because of restrictions until the pandemic,” he told the said media outlet.
For its part, from the travel agency “Cafe Travel” in Miami they point out that many travelers have already put them on notice:
“Some customers have already told us that these products have been confiscated and we advise people who travel from Miami to Cuba and then return to the United States to avoid bringing these products. Because the law is being enforced.”
Customs confirms this: they must comply with what has been established or their products will be confiscated.
Up until that Trump provision, Cubans could take in the United States “up to 100 cigars or four boxes and two bottles of wine duty-free.”