Can you bring Cuban cigars from Canada into the US?
I know that you can purchase Cubans in Canada but I don't know if it is legal to bring them back across the border into the United States.
Rikki: That is Cuban seed. They are not grown and made in Cuba
- Jeff HLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
Cigars made in Cuba, or manufactured from tobacco grown in Cuba, are illegal and any US citizen found with them is subject to prosecution. This applies to residents legally travelling in Cuba or in other countries where the cigars are available. Cigars made with tobacco grown from Cuban seed are legal however you must, if requested, be able to prove that the grower (other than the purchase of the seed) and seller have no connections to Cuba. Here is the formal position of the US government regarding the purchase of any Cuban products, including cigars, as per the US Treasury Department:
CUBAN CIGAR UPDATE
Recent changes to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, 31
C.F.R. Part 515 (the “Regulations”), administered and
enforced by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”),
have prompted OFAC to revise the Cuban Cigar Update
previously issued on June 19, 1998. This notice provides
important information to the public on Cuban-origin tobacco
Importation of Cuban-Origin Cigars Into the United States
There is now an across the board ban on the importation
into the United States of Cuban-origin cigars and other
Cuban-origin tobacco products, as well as most other
products of Cuban origin. This prohibition extends to such
products acquired in Cuba, irrespective of whether a
traveler is licensed by OFAC to engage in Cuba travel related
transactions, and to such products acquired in
third countries by any U.S. traveller, including purchases
at duty free shops. Importation of these Cuban goods is
prohibited whether the goods are purchased directly by the
importer or given to the importer as a gift. Similarly,
the import ban extends to Cuban-origin tobacco products
offered for sale over the Internet or through the catalogue
mail purchases. Prior to August 1, 2004, persons returning
to the United States who were licensed under the
Regulations to engage in Cuba travel-related transactions
were authorized by general license to import up to $100
worth of Cuban merchandise as accompanied baggage. Cuban
tobacco and alcohol products were included in that general
license. That general license was removed from the
Transactions Involving Cuban-Origin Goods in Third
The question is often asked whether United States citizens
or permanent resident aliens of the United States may
legally purchase Cuban origin goods, including tobacco and
alcohol products, in a third country for personal use
outside the United States. The answer is no. The
Regulations prohibit persons subject to the jurisdiction of
the United States from purchasing, transporting, importing,
or otherwise dealing in or engaging in any transactions
with respect to any merchandise outside the United States
if such merchandise (1) is of Cuban origin; or (2) is or
has been located in or transported from or through Cuba; or
(3) is made or derived in whole or in part of any article
which is the growth, produce or manufacture of Cuba. Thus,
in the case of cigars, the prohibition extends to cigars
manufactured in Cuba and sold in a third country and to
cigars manufactured in a third country from tobacco grown
Cigars Produced from Cuban Tobacco Seed OFAC does not
consider cigars produced from tobacco grown and harvested
in a third country from Cuban seeds to constitute a growth
or product of Cuba. Therefore, the Regulations do not
prevent transactions or dealing in those products by
persons subject to the jurisdiction of the United States,
as long as there is no interest of Cuba or a Cuban
national, direct or indirect, in the sale of such cigars.
Criminal penalties for violation of the Regulations range
up to $1,000,000 in fines for corporations, $250,000 for
individuals and up to 10 years in prison. Civil penalties
of up to $65,000 per violation may be imposed by OFAC.
Suspected embargo violations may be reported telephonically
to OFAC's Enforcement Division at (202)622-2430 or via
facsimile at 202 622-1657.
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- SteveNLv 71 decade ago
Somebody once told me that it is not even legal for Americans to buy Cuban cigars in Canada or Mexico, and smoke them outside of USA. But I cannot see any such legislation from the US government sites.
According to the Office of Foreign Affairs Control, it is illegal to purchase any Cuban goods and then bring that product either directly or indirectly (such as via a third country) into USA.
I have heard some people buy Cubans and a box of cheap imitations, and then swap the labels. But not sure it's worth the effort.
- Bandit-05Lv 71 decade ago
But US border agents are more concerned about drug smuggling and illegal immigrants than a few Cuban cigars. Still, they could get you into trouble if caught.
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
You can't bring Cubans into the US legally. The key is not getting caught.
- 5 years ago
Given the recent changes to U.S. law (December 17, 2014), is it now permitted? Would love to drive from my home in Detroit across the river to Windsor and buy some for Christmas!
- Jim BLv 71 decade ago
NO not legal in the USA. If found by US Customs agents, you will be charged with smuggling, and the goods will be seized, and you will have to appear in a US Federal Court, to be tried. If convicted, you will be fined, at the very least, and you may wind up in jail, too.
Hardly worth it.
Jim B. Toronto.
- HerfnerdLv 71 decade ago
If you are a U.S. citizen, you are technically not allowed to purchase any Cuban goods, even if you are outside of the U.S.
As for bringing them back into the U.S. - again, technically it is illegal to do so.
- Richard KLv 71 decade ago
You can buy them here at most any cigar store but the self-proclaimed "freest country in the world," won't let you take them in legally.