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President Kennedy to Ban Cuban Imports

Feb. 2, 1962 - President Kennedy is expected to announce this weekend a ban on all remaining imports from Cuba, which give the Castro government an income of about $3 million a month. The purpose of the boycott, which will strike most severely at the Tampa, Fla., cigar industry, is to deny the Cuban regime the dollars it is said to be using for subversive activity against other Latin-American governments. The ban on imports from Cuba will virtually end trade between the United States and the Caribbean island. Exports to Cuba, which have been restricted to foods and medicines since October 1960, are now down to about $100,000 a month. Out of a desire not to inflict too much hardship on the Cuban people, the Administration will allow these modest shipments to continue.

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