stacie asked in TravelCanadaOther - Canada · 1 decade ago

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

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  • Jeff H
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    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:


    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

    in Cuba.

    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.

    Date 09/30/2004

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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

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    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.

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  • SteveN
    Lv 7
    1 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.

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  • 1 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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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    You can't bring Cubans into the US legally. The key is not getting caught.

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  • Susan
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    For the best answers, search on this site

    Of course. Somebody here that claims to be from canada told us that fidel and a certain pierrot trudeau, that seems to be an important guy in canada were very close friends

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  • 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!

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  • Jim B
    Lv 7
    1 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.

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  • 1 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.

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  • 1 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.

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