Friday, December 11, 2015

U.S. and Cuba to resume direct mail

From the State Department:
The United States and Cuba reached an understanding December 10 during discussions in Miami to re-establish direct postal services between the two countries through the implementation of a pilot plan for the transportation of mail. The plan will provide for mail flights between the two countries several times a week, rather than routing mail through a third country. Details will be finalized in the coming weeks.

The U.S. delegation was led by Lea Emerson, Executive Director for International Postal Affairs at the U.S. Postal Service, and the Cuban delegation was led by Cuban Ambassador to the United States Jose Ramon Cabanas Rodriguez.

For further information, please contact WHA Press at WHAPress@State.Gov.


Davidow said...

I had been expecting this for three months. Although the Torricelli Act of 1992 authorized direct postal service to Cuba, the old US policy of diplomatic isolation and fears among Cuban officials that Cuban Americans might send in letterbombs meant that such service was impossible. Because Obama ended the diplomatic isolation and eased some aspects of the embargo, it was possible for the US and Cuba to come to agree to resume mail service.

Now that the US and Cuba have agreed to revive mail service, keep an eye on the US and Cuba to announce an agreement to resume regular airline service between the two countries in a week or so, judging from statements by US and Cuban officials.

Tracey Eaton said...

That's interesting. Thanks for the comment. I didn't realize that the Torricelli Act authorized direct postal service. Mail service is a big step - and regular flights an even bigger step.

Antonio said...

So I take it the US is willing to allow flights from Cuba carrying mail to land on US soil. That was the main sticking point on this in the past. The US wanted flights from here to land on Cuban soil, but was not willing to allow Cuban postal flights to land in the US.