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U.S. ports plan to trade with Cuba once embargo lifted
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09:41, June 19, 2009

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Some U.S. port cities are putting plans in place to trade with Cuba just in case the 47-year-old trade embargo on this island country is lifted, the USA Today reported Thursday.

In New Orleans, La., city officials met recently with Cuba experts to discuss how to rekindle relationships in Cuba and bolster trade with the island if relations improve, according to the report.

Local officials plan to visit Cuba this fall.

Mobile, Ala., is adding its representatives to a group of 60 state and trade officials visiting Cuba in July.

In a recent report, the Chamber of Commerce in Miami, Fla., analyzed the economic impact on the city if the embargo is lifted.

Since Barack Obama was sworn in as U.S. president in January, he has made it easier for Cuban Americans to visit relatives in Cuba and authorized expansion of telecommunication service to the island.

The U.S. Congress also has loosened restrictions on sending agricultural items.

Trade with Cuba could bring a much-needed economic boost to U.S. port cities at a time when communities are looking for ways to weather the recession, experts said.

Source: Xinhua

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