INFORUM: Minnesotans in Cuba: Obstacles preventing trade

EXCERPT: “A Minnesota trade delegation in Cuba says the country is hungry for American farm products, but obstacles must be overcome first. ‘Some things need to happen,’ Jim Zenk of the Minnesota Dry Bean Research and Promotional Council said from a sunny and humid Havana during a Thursday, June 22, conference call with reporters. President Harold Wolle Jr. of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association and Zenk said that among the needs is a way for Cubans to get financial credit to buy American goods. Credit is not available. ‘Some of these barriers have to come down before we can make progress,’ Zenk said. While the trade mission lead by Lt. Gov. Tina Smith discussed some of the specific barriers like credit with Cubans, the biggest question mark was the impact of President Donald Trump’s comments of a week ago that he would roll back some open-trade rules enacted by then-President Barack Obama. ‘Some of the statements the president made on Friday certainly created uncertainty,’ Smith said.” FULLSTORY:

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