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Blockade hurts Cuba’s tourism industry imports

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Matanzas, Cuba, Oct 30 (Prensa Latina) During last year, the impact on imports of the Copextel branch in the province of Matanzas linked to tourism as a result of the US blockade amounted to more than two million dollars.

The Cuban News Agency (ACN) reports that in 2022 the Copextel branch office’s imports of spare parts for air conditioning and security systems were estimated at around two million US dollars, a situation that considerably affects the tourism sector.

The branch manager in charge of solutions and technical services in Matanzas, Raul Crombet, told the ACN that of the components valued at three million dollars agreed with suppliers in the previous year, only 600,000 were imported, which were guaranteed in the current 2023.

The limitations to access supplies abroad and the delay to ship them to Cuba affect the maintenance of equipment in hotels in Varadero beach resort, he said.

Puig explained that as a consequence of the worsening of the US hostility, the entity faces a daily shortage of supplies to meet the demand for solutions in priority sectors such as tourism, education and health, among others.

The ACN mentions that the difficult conditions in which the company carries out its activities are reflected in the most recent version of the Draft Resolution entitled “Need to put an end to the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States”.

The report, which will be submitted for the consideration of the United Nations General Assembly on November 1 and 2, states that Copextel was only able to import from 68 suppliers out of a portfolio of 573.

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