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Pre-Castro and Pre-embargo Cigars

The terms are not synonymous. A pre-Castro cigar is one that was made prior to the coming of power of Fidel Castro on the 2nd January, 1959. They are also known as pre-Revolution cigars.

Three years later on 7th Febuary, 1962 the USA banned all Cuban imports and exports and one year later on the 8th Febuary, 1963 this was extended into a US embargo on all things Cuban including foreign travel to and from Cuba. You can get further information direct from the horses mouth by clicking here, here and here.

Hence a pre-embargo cigar is one that was made prior to the 7th of Febuary, 1962. Or is it? There is also an argument that says that a pre-embargo cigar is one that was made prior to the later date of 8th of Febuary, 1963 when the US embargo was imposed by President Kennedy. The point is to a certain degree academic because whilst there might be legitimate concerns within the US about which boxes can be traded you should be aware that trying to take any box of Cuban cigars, pre or post embargo, into the USA can be a very tricky operation.

According to the US government pre-embargo Cuban cigars are accepted as legitimate goods for trading or importation into the country. In practice, however, we do not recommend arriving at any US airport and delcaring that you have a box of pre-embargo cigars in your suitcase. They will want to see original bills of receipt proving the legitimacy of your product and since you are highly unlikely to have such a bill then you might be better off not declaring anything at all. It's just a suggestion.

The situation for post-embargo cigars and the USA is pretty much well known by all cigar smokers so we will not attempt to repeat obvious information here though there is one point that many people are not aware of. The US Customs will seize any Cuban cigars bought in a third party country such as Spain, the UK or Canada etc and taken back to the USA as personal items. For more information click here.

 

   

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