Cuba: measures in force that make non-commercial imports more flexible

The new regulations that make the imports non-commercial of natural persons, as well as the modifications to the customs tariffs for air, sea and postal shipments recently announced by the Cuban government, became effective this Monday.

In accordance with Resolution 204 of the Ministry of Finance and Prices (MFP)recently published in the official Gazette Republic No. 45increases the amount of what can be sent to Cuba by sea, post or courier, while lowering the tariff rate.

In this sense, natural persons are allowed to import -through shipments- up to 200 dollars, which is equivalent to 20 kilograms (kg), because according to regulations of the General Customs of the Republic (AGR) a kilogram would be the equivalent of 10 dollars, says a office of the Cuban News Agency (ACN)

The novelty is that if until now the limit was 10 kg, with the same cost (200 dollars), from now on this amount is maintained, but doubling the weight is allowed, the medium specifies. Another measure is that it increases to 3 kg (until now it was 1.5 kg) the weight of the package for which the person who receives it in Cuba will not have to pay tariffs.

Also Resolution 204, of the MFP, provides for the reduction of the customs duty to be paid in Cuban pesos for the shipment of the package, since it will not be the entire value, but 30% of the remaining 17 kg of the 20 allowed now in total. , highlights the ACN.

In a recent broadcast of the Mesa Redonda television program on these regulations, Meisi Bolaños, Minister of Finance and Prices, exemplified that the tax to be paid for a shipment of 20 kg would now be reduced to 1,224 CUP, that is, the weight of the shipment is doubled. package and what is paid for tariffs is reduced by 70%, points out the media.

With the new rule, whoever receives a package of 10 kg is applied 30% to 7 kg, which is equivalent to 30% of 70 USD x 24 CUP. Instead, under current conditions it would be 100% of 70 USD x 24 CUP, the official said at the time, who, quoted by the ACN, stressed that there is a change and a significant reduction in order to reduce the cost for the population. and the Cuban family to receive shipments and parcels from abroad.

Also the Official Gazettel No. 45 of the Republic includes two resolutions (175 and 176) issued by the General Customs of the Republic. These consist of the rules for non-commercial imports by natural persons as well as the list of reference values ​​for some products, which serve as a guide or recommendation for calculating the tax to be charged by Customs from now on.

These measures seek to alleviate as far as possible the shortage of products that the Cuban population is currently experiencing, victim of a long-standing economic crisis, now aggravated by the impact of the pandemic, the intensification of the US embargo, and the little impact that they have achieved, so far, other measures adopted by the Government to overcome the complex situation.

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