More Than Just Cigars, Rum & Coffee— The Impact of Recent Developments in the U.S. Embargo on Cuba on U.S. Companies

  • November 19, 2015
  • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Maricopa Association of Governments


Registration is closed

Last December, President Obama formally announced his intent to improve the United States’ trade and diplomatic relations with Cuba. Since that time, Cuba was removed from the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism, the U.S. Embassy formally reopened in Havana after an absence of almost 50 years, and certain restrictions on travel, imports, exports, gifts, and financing involving Cuba have been eased. Many U.S. companies are already taking steps to identify potential opportunities in Cuba—looking at the current Cuban commercial environment, assessing Cuban markets for their goods, and identifying potential suppliers of Cuban products that may be in demand in the U.S.

 Join the Phoenix Chapter of the Organization of Women in International Trade on November 19th for an interactive discussion on the latest developments and changes involving the U.S. embargo on Cuba, and help us welcome:

Special Guest Speaker:

Melissa Proctor

 Shareholder, Polsinelli PC


The following key topics will be discussed:

  • Timeline of Events - Change in U.S. Trade and Diplomatic Policy toward Cuba
  • Status of the Overall U.S. Embargo on Cuba
  • Understanding the Available General Licenses and the Mechanics for Travel to Cuba
  • Bringing Cigars, Rum, Coffee and Other Items Purchased in Cuba back to the US
  •  Importing Commercial Goods from Cuba
  • Available License Exceptions for Exports to Cuba
  • Restrictions on Dealings with Cuba that Remain Unchanged
  • "Best Practices” for Compliance with the Current Cuba Sanctions Requirements


Melissa Proctor has been advising companies for nearly 20 years on the full range of issues involving international trade, customs laws and regulations, export controls, economic sanctions, anti-corruption/anti-bribery compliance, and other government agency requirements. She has spoken before various trade associations and industry groups on international trade topics, and has extensive experience in a wide array of industries. Previously, Melissa worked for boutique international trade law firms, a Big 4 accounting firm, and served as in-house corporate counsel to Amazon in the areas of imports, exports and international trade.  She assists companies in the design, enhancement and implementation of effective compliance programs and the implementation of significant cost-saving strategies in order to enable them to navigate the complex arena of international trade.



Importers, Exporters, Logistics Professionals, Supply Chain Management Professionals, Customs Brokers, Freight Forwarders, Carriers, Consultants, Attorneys, and International Business & Trade Professionals.



Thursday, November 19th
9:00 am – 10:30 am (Registration Begins at 8:30 am)



Maricopa Association of Governments
302 North First Avenue, 2nd Floor

Phoenix, AZ 85003


****Parking will be validated in the garage below the building****



OWIT-Phoenix Members: Free
Students: $25
Non-Members: $35












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