Cuba imports for 10 millon dollars cars from the US in 2023

Cuba imports for 10 millon dollars cars from the US in 2023

HAVANA, February 14. From an ambulance costing over $78,000 to heavy-duty trucks and luxury cars, motorcycles, trailers, chassis, vehicle parts and pieces: vehicle purchases in the US by Cuba totaled almost ten million dollars in 2023.

This figure is striking, taking into account that the licenses granted by the United States Department of Commerce to a few suppliers from that nation have the condition that the buyer in Cuba be a natural person resident on the Island, or Cuban and foreign legal entities, ranging from “private companies owned by Cuban nationals” to embassies.

So, who was the buyer of the ambulance that arrived on the Island in November after being shipped in Miami? That specialized vehicle cost $78,590, according to the summary of US exports to Cuba in 2023 published by the Cuba-US Economic and Trade Council.

The list of vehicles purchased from Cuba includes $147,247 in tractors used for agricultural use; $85,735 on internal combustion passenger vehicles between 1,000 and 1,500 cubic centimeters (cc); $186,500 in motor homes between 1,500 and 3,000cc, and $357,442 in new four-cylinder vehicles, all shipped from Miami and unloaded at the port of Mariel.

The largest volume of car purchases was occupied by used vehicles between 1,500 and 3,000cc, which from Miami totaled 4,385,612 dollars and from Tampa 608,437. Among them would be dozens of models of modern luxury cars that circulate on Cuban streets, including Tesla and Mercedes Benz models.

Another significant figure is used gasoline passenger vehicles: cars of this type came from Miami for $199,322, and from Tampa for $101,792. A smaller number of the same type of vehicles, but diesel, were exported from New Orleans, for a value of $36,289.

To the above, add trucks of five metric tons ($89,938) and 20 metric tons ($448,491), all diesel, shipped from Miami, Tampa and New Orleans, as well as vehicles transporting products between five and nine tons metric, worth $440,400.

Parts and spare parts must be added to the total amount of vehicle imports. For example, the list includes $78,000 in bodies for passenger cars; $6,524 in bumpers and other body elements; and $51,800 in tires, and parts for tractors.

Another significant section is that of motorcycles. The US sold to people residing on the Island the figure of 100,000 dollars in this type of vehicle, including mopeds, all 50cc, and 34,000 dollars in 800cc equipment.

Closing the list is an estimable sum of trailers and semi-trailers, all purchased in Miami and Tampa, for the sum of $89,560, to which are added $27,231 in non-mechanical propulsion vehicles.

The total of these imports from Cuba left a total of 9,824,627 dollars in the coffers of US companies, which are added to the almost 350 million dollars in food and agricultural products that Havana bought last year.

If we take into account that, as commented by Alejandro Cantón, director of the company Maravana Cargo, of Hialeah, which has a license from the US Department of the Treasury to send articles and equipment of all kinds to Cuba, including cars, the General Customs of The Republic of Cuba charges between 20,000 and 56,000 dollars for each imported car, it is a great deal for Havana.

These imports are also made through Cuban regime firms authorized to operate as intermediaries in acquisitions. That list is made up of IMPEXPORT, S.U.R.L; SERLOVEM S.U.R.L; TRANSIMPORT; MAQUIMPORT; DIVEP; TRADEX, and MCV Comercial.