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U.S. Food Sales to Cuba Increase

posted on February 18, 2005

U.S. food producers significantly increased their sales to Cuba last year despite a long-standing trade embargo against the communist island, according to a Cuba-U.S. business group.

The New York-based U.S.-Cuba Trade and Economic Council said in a report released this week that U.S. companies exported $392 million in products to Cuba during 2004, up from $257 million in 2003.

The sales -- including wheat, corn, rice, chicken and soybean oil -- pushed Cuba to No. 25 on a list of 228 foreign markets supplied by American food exporters.

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