New rules issued Friday increase commercial activity between the U.S. and Cuba

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as long as they are for personal use and they pay the duties and taxes. The Office of Foreign Assets Control also will lift a restriction that prohibited foreign ships from entering a U.S. port to load or unload cargo for a period of 180 days after calling on a Cuban port. The new rules also expand the opportunities for Cubans to receive grants and scholarships to study in the United States, streamline some previous trade authorizations and allow U.S. nationals to provide services to Cuba or Cuban nationals related to developing, repairing, maintaining and enhancing Cuban infrastructure in order to directly benefit the Cuban people. More commercial activity between the U.S. and Cuba is allowed.

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