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Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS)
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Part of BIS's mission is to advance national security, foreign policy, and economic objectives by ensuring an effective export control and treaty compliance system. They offer country guidance on all countries including Cuba.

Researching Cuba: Business, Economy, and U.S. Relations

October 2016

Table of Contents

Key Legislation / U.S. Government Actions
Internet Resources
Books / Articles
LC Subject Headings


Image (left): View of Havana, Cuba
Highsmith, Carol M. photographer
2010 [January]
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

Caribbean Association of Industry & Commerce (CAIC) External Link

CAIC members are intersected in facilitating the development, growth and competitive positioning of Caribbean Businesses. May be a helpful site on current/upcoming activities in the region.

Caribbean Community (CARICOM) External Link

Cuba is not as of the end of 2016 a member of CARICOM, but given that member countries have an interest in Cuba it could offer a different perspective and additional information that may not be widely available.

Census - Trade in Goods with Cuba

This is data on foreign trade with Cuba that goes back to 1992.

CIA World Factbook

This title is devoted to country profiles from around the world. It includes, demographic, social, military/security, transportation, government, economic, and other data for individual countries, Cuba included.

Council on Foreign Relations External Link

There is a nice overview on the history of relations between the two countries as well as links to additional resources.

Cuba - U.S. Agroecology Network (CUSAN) External Link

This is a network established to connect sustainable agriculture stakeholders in the United States with their counterparts in Cuba.

Cuba Trade Magazine

Begun in December 2016, Cuba Trade is a magazine devoted to "trade and investment between international corporations and Cuba, with a special focus on U.S. companies" that is published by the same company that produces Latin Trade and LatinCEO magazines. They have a print magazine component as well.

Department of Justice

Information related to the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission of the United States as well as Certified Claim list. [PDF format: 3.88 MB/109 pp.]

Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) – Department of Agriculture

FAS produces many reports and data related to trade in agricultural products. Included are materials related to Cuba:
  • Cuba: Internet Resources for Agricultural Trade with Cuba (2015)
  • Cuba: FAIRS Country Report (2015) which focuses on Cuba's regulatory environment as it relates to U.S. agricultural exports.
  • U.S.-Cuba Agriculture Memorandum of Understanding, signed March 21, 2016

Global Agricultural Trade System (GATS) - Foreign Agricultural Service, Department of Agriculture

GATS includes international agricultural, fish, forest, and textile products trade statistics dating from the inception of the Harmonized coding system in 1989 to present.

Guide to Law Online – Law Library of Congress

This is an annotated guide to sources of information on government and law available online.

Latin American Business & Economics Resources

This guide was created by Business Reference Staff at the Library of Congress. It contains a number of resources for those looking business and economic information on Latin America and it may offer other avenues of research on Cuba that are not covered in this guide.

Joint Corporate Committee on Cuban Claims External Link

This is a non-profit organization whose membership is comprised of corporations and individuals with property claims against the government of Cuba, which have been certified by the U.S. Foreign Claims Settlement Commission. There is a helpful timeline of events, primarily revolving around the claims process.

National Archives & Records Administration (NARA)

NARA is the place for the official records of the United States government. It includes: Records of the Military Government of Cuba (1898-1903) and the Records of the Provisional Government of Cuba (1906-1909). The Archives is also responsible for the presidential library collections. There are also online exhibits, articles, occasional digitized items, and insight on events illustrated with material held by the Archives.

Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) – Department of Treasury

OFAC administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions. The Resource Center has a particular area for information relating to Cuban sanctions. There are general as well as specific guidance regarding Cuban sanctions including information about special OFAC licenses. Some of this content may change over time as relations between the two countries change.

State Department -  Cuba

This page includes links to releases, the DipNote blog (Western Hemisphere), licensing and export information, and major reports related to Cuba.

State Department - Sanctions

The State Department includes digitized copies of all the related Statutes, regulations, and Executive Orders related to Cuba. There is a section for Remarks and Releases but content may change when a Presidential administration changes. However, the State Department does archive full sites of past presidential administrations. The archive for President George Bush is located here.

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) External Link

UNCTAD is a permanent intergovernmental body established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1964. Its goal is to assist developing countries to access the benefits of a globalized economy and to help equip them to deal with the potential drawbacks of greater economic integration.

United Nations - Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) External Link

Many of the reports like Indicadores sociales básicos de la subregión norte de América Latina y el Caribe: edición 2012-2013 are in Spanish, others like Structural constraints and determinants of economic growth in Cuba are in English. There are several statistical sources/tools including CEPALSTAT External Link which is a way to find statistical information on the countries and REDATAM creates thematic maps based on the gathered statistical data.

United Nations – Cuba profile External Link

Mostly relates to economic and social data for Cuba.

United Nations Food and Agricultural Organizations - Cuba External Link External Link

As the name of the agency suggests, most of the data and information related to food and agriculture as well as forestry, fishery, and water management. There is data and information on both trade and production.

United Nations – Trade Data
Comtrade External Link
International Trade Statistics Yearbook External Link (current year)

Comtrade is a free database from the UN that allows users to search on commodities and trade from various countries. Historical international merchandise trade statistics from 1900-1960 can be found on the UN Trade Statistics External Link page.

United States International Trade Commission

The Trade Commission site includes information, reports, data, etc. for many countries including Cuba. Many reports go back in time somewhat like "U.S. Agricultural Sales to Cuba: Certain Economic Effects of U.S. Restrictions" (2007) but does have more current reports like "Overview of Cuban Imports of Goods and Services and Effects of U.S. Restrictions" (2016).

United States Trade Representative (USTR)

The USTR web site is a central location for material related to trade relations. Currently the information for Cuba is limited but will likely grow with time as relations solidify and deepen.

U.S. Agricultural Coalition for Cuba (USACC) External Link

USACC is composed primarily of commodity farm interests and is interested in the improvement of agricultural trade between the U.S. and Cuba.

US-Cuba Trade & Economic Council External Link

The Council was formed in 1994 to be a credible source of data (especially trade data) as well as a source to rationalize data from competing sources (Treasury's OFAC, Commerce, SUDA, Cuba). There are a number of reports and publications as well as information on many of the U.S. laws and regulations that govern the United States relationship with Cuba. There is a blog that is good for topical insights and current awareness.

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