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Agriculture License Exception Notice to Cuba: Timeframe

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Pursuant to the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000, you must sign the contract within 12 months of receiving authorization from the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) to export agricultural commodities to Cuba.  You have an additional 12 months from the signing of the contract to export the agricultural commodities to Cuba.  Alternatively, you may sign the contract before receiving export authorization from BIS, but you are still required to obtain BIS authorization prior to exporting the agricultural commodities and must export them within 12 months of the signing of the contract.  However, you are not required to sign a contract for exports to Cuba of agricultural commodities that are donated or commercial samples, but you must still obtain BIS authorization to export them and must do so within 12 months of receiving BIS authorization.

Sanctioned Destinations

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) implements U.S. Government sanctions against Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria pursuant to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), either unilaterally or to implement United Nations Security Council Resolutions.

The license requirements, license exceptions, and licensing policy vary depending upon the particular sanctioned destination. The corresponding country pages are intended to assist exporters and reexports with determining the export and reexport requirements pursuant to the EAR. However, the webpages are not comprehensive and do not serve as replacements for the EAR.

Exporters and reexporters should be aware that other U.S. Government agencies administer regulations that could also impact their export or reexport transactions. For example, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) also implements certain sanctions against Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria. Exporters and reexporters are responsible for complying with all applicable regulatory requirements.

 

Country Guidance

The country of ultimate destination is a key factor in determining license requirements administered by the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) pursuant to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). BIS maintains the Commerce Country Chart to use in conjunction with other portions of the EAR to determine whether a license is required.  Please review Part 732 of the EAR for additional information on how to use the EAR, including the Commerce Country Chart.

As a service to the exporting community, BIS maintains country-specific webpages for Hong KongSingapore and the United Arab Emirates, Iraq, and sanctioned destinations (Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria). The corresponding country pages are intended to assist exporters and reexports with determining the export and reexport requirements pursuant to the EAR. However, the webpages are not comprehensive and do not serve as replacements for the EAR.

Exporters and reexporters should be aware that other U.S. Government agencies administer regulations that could also impact their export or reexport transactions. For example, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) also implements certain sanctions against Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria. Exporters and reexporters are responsible for complying with all applicable regulatory requirements.