Cleary Gottlieb Discusses Further Easing of Cuban Sanctions

On October 14, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) and the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) announced revisions to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (“CACR”) and the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”), respectively, continuing the incremental easing of the U.S. embargo on Cuba.  Simultaneously, the President announced a new Presidential Policy Directive for U.S.-Cuba normalization (“Cuba PPD”), which aims to underpin the Obama Administration’s vision for normalizing relations with Cuba with government-wide guidance.  However, the vision remains in important respects aspirational; statutory constraints on Cuba policy continue to limit the … Read more