New York, 16 September 2019. Annually, Cuba prepares a report on the effects of the criminal and genocidal economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the U.S. government against the island. The report for the period between April 2018 and March 2019 shows how relations between the two nations have been marked by the hostile policy promoted from Washington against Havana and by an increase in sanctions in the banking-financial sector, affecting Cuban entities and third parties, in clear violation of international law.
To mention just one example, between June 2018 and April 2019, the U.S. government imposed nine sanctions on third country companies or banks, including those in the U.S. The total amount of these penalties amounted to 3,751,449,017 dollars.
The Office for the Control of Cuban Assets and other U.S. agencies have levied fines on a number of third country companies for violating different sanctions programs, including the Cuban Assets Control Regulations.
Among other examples, on 19 July 2018, the manufacturer of Tesla, Panasonic batteries suspended relations with its Canadian supplier SHERRITT INTERNATIONAL CORP because cobalt from Cuba was being used. The decision of the Japanese manufacturer was taken after requesting guidance from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury on the interpretation of the scope of the U.S. prohibition on imports originating in Cuba.
On 21 November 2018, it was known that the British company Adler Manufacturing Limited (ADLER), dedicated to promoting companies and businesses in the United Kingdom via printed products, informed the Tourism Office of the Cuban Embassy in the UK, about the cancellation of an order done on 25 September of that year. ADLER explained that its new transport company was the multi-billion-dollar U.S. company UPS (United Parcel Service of America), and for that reason it could not maintain relations with Cuba.
On 14 February 2019, the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Department of the Treasury imposed a sanction of 5,512,564 dollars on APPLICHEM GMBH, a company headquartered in Darmstadt, Germany, for 304 apparent violations of the Cuban Assets Control Regulations.
On 11 April 2019, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury imposed a sanction on ACTEON GROUP LTD. (ACTEON) and its subsidiary 2H Offshore, both with headquarters in England, for violations of the Cuban Assets Control Regulations. The companies had to pay 227,500 dollars. ACTEON must pay another 213,866 dollars for additional violations of the laws of the blockade against Cuba.
In May of 2019, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) cancelled access for the HAVANATUR travel agency and the Cubana de Aviación airline to mechanisms for payment of and reservations for air tickets (BSP), for the offices of these Cuban entities in Mexico, France and Italy, thereby citing the blockade regulations. This decision entails significant financial and operational repercussions for the Cuban entities.