Press Release. Imposition of fines on entities trading with Cuba, as part of the embargo policy. New York, 22 April 2014.
The economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the US Government against Cuba continues to be fully implemented, despite the international community´s reiterated claim for its elimination. This illegal policy still aims at causing damage and suffering to the Cuban people.
Cubadebate website recently denounced the fact that the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned -with a $5.9 million fine- the company CWT B.V, subsidiary of the Dutch Carlson Wagonlit Travel, a Netherlands-based travel agency, after transporting almost 45,000 people to Cuba in the latest years which constitutes, for the US federal entity, a violation of the economic embargo imposed on the island.
The OFAC had initially determined a base fine of $11.093.500 million against the company, which was later cut-off as CWT “voluntarily reported the apparent violations, halted them and cooperated with U.S. investigators”.
Another example of this absurd policy that seeks to economically smother Cuba and, also published by the same website, occurred when the online pay service PayPal blocked the account of the German musical band COR, planning a tour in the Caribbean country.
After airing this in the media and denouncing the scandal, COR could easily raise more than 14.000 euros (around 19.300 dollars) including the money that had been blocked and which was returned to the band. But the Paypal case is just one within the long list of similar instances where the financial giants act likewise, fearing Washington’s reprisals for relating in affairs with Cuba.
The measures intensify the embargo’s extraterritorial implementation when imposing fines on foreign and national enterprises for operating with Cuba from third countries.