Monday, July 13, 2009

Shipping from U.S. to Cuba

I was surprised to see that Crowley (a U.S. company) was carrying cargo from the U.S. to Cuba.

I know there is cargo moving, but I thought most of it was foodstuff, in bulk vessels. Apparently Crowley is offering service to Havana on an "alternate port" basis. I'm not postive what they mean by this. Sometimes this term is used to say, they will call at that port if they get enough cargo. Sometimes this term is used to say we will take your cargo, but that ship might not call there, it might get transhipped onto another vessel.

It's probably just a way for them to take the booking, and then figure out how they will get the cargo delivered.

From The Journal of Commerce.

The Crowley containership Elb Carrier, transported the Royal Ballet’s equipment in eight 40-foot containers that were delivered on July 7 for the troupe’s performances this week in Cuba’s two most iconic theaters, the Gran Teatro de la Habana, Sala Garcia Lorca and the Karl Marx Teatro.

Crowley is authorized to ship licensed cargo to Cuba. Currently, Crowley sails to Havana, Cuba from Port Everglades and Jacksonville, Fla. as an alternate port every week.

Eligible commodities for export to Cuba are detailed under Section 902(1) of the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000.

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