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Direct mail services could be resumed between US and Cuba

Rachel Wheeler

October 1, 2009

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There could be a resumption of direct mail services between Cuba and the US as President Obama looks to mend the relationship between the two countries.

Direct mail services ceased in 1963 as an offshoot of the trade embargo that was designed to isolate communist leader Fidel Castro and mail sent from within the US carrying Cuban address data currently has to be routed through another country first.

President Obama has expressed a desire to improve relations with Cuba, but the trade embargo will remain until there is evidence of improvements in Cuba in relation to issues such as human rights.

Cuban officials are thought to be suspicious of direct mail from the US as they feel espionage activities could be orchestrated using letters and packages.

The US has in fact suggested resuming direct mail services four times over the past ten years, but it has only been in the past six months that Cuban officials have agreed to talks.

In other news, the US government is preparing to carry out a national census next year and millions of pieces of address data have already been collected in recent months.
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