Alaska Airlines plans to drop its Los Angeles-Havana route and American Airlines’ last flight from Miami to Cienfuegos will be Jan. 8, 2018. Travel to Cuba through Miami International Airport is still ahead of last year.
New U.S. rules designed to channel economic activity away from the Cuban military prohibits ‘direct financial transactions’ with some Cuban rum brands and soft drink companies. Experts explain what that means for American travelers.
RIMCO, a Puerto Rico-based Caterpillar distributor, got Cuban approval to locate in the Mariel Special Economic Development Zone. A Cuban newspaper also reported that Illinois-based Deere & Co. was sending a test shipment of its agricultural equipment to Cuba.
The Mariel Special Economic Development Zone seeks to bring foreign investment, advanced manufacturing, high technology and sustainable development to Cuba. So far, applications from 27 ventures have been approved.
Tour operators, airlines and cruise lines make bulk purchases of the tourist visas that many Americans need to travel to Cuba and have enough in hand to allow eligible U.S. travelers to visit the island for the foreseeable future. Cuban Americans who have up-to-date Cuban passports also can still travel.
Both cargo and cruise ships have resumed calls at PortMiami and Port Everglades. Petroleum tankers were unloading 18 million gallons of gasoline at Port Everglades for the first time since the passage of Hurricane Irma.
The Operation Car Wash investigation has been going on for more than three years, snaring billionaire corporate chieftains for paying bribes to win contracts. Now the focus is shifting toward the politicians who enabled and participated in the corruption.
As regulations for the president’s new Cuba policy are being written, the Trump administration decides on a six-month suspension of a provision that could set off a flood of lawsuits against Cuba and foreign investors for using properties confiscated by Cuba after the revolution.
During this fiscal year, tonnage carried by ships transiting the expanded Panama Canal is up more than 22 percent. PortMiami, which deepened its shipping channel to handle bigger ships, has received 156 deep-draft vessels since it finished its dredging project.
The largest infrastructure project since the waterway’s original construction, the Panama Canal Expansion Program will create a new lane of traffic along the Canal through the construction of a new set of locks, increasing the waterway’s capacity. The new locks will have three chambers, water-saving basins, lateral filling and emptying system and rolling gates.
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