Editor’s Note: For more information about Trump’s new policy towards Cuba and how it affects cigars, click here.

This Friday, President Donald Trump is expected to announce changes to the U.S. policy towards Cuba, specifically a rolling back of many of the relaxed rules intruded during the Obama industry.

The speech will take place at the Manuel Artime Theater in Miami, Fla.

Last year, when he was both candidate and President-elect, Trump stated he would reverse many of the new rules regarding Cuba.


For cigar smokers, this would mean removing new rules that allow for Americans traveling abroad to bring Cuban cigars back to the country without any specialized restrictions.

Currently, travelers are allowed to bring up to 100 Cuban cigars, valued at no more than $800, duty-free every 31 days. Selling Cuban cigars, importing Cuban cigars and having Cuban cigars shipped to America remain illegal.

In more broad terms, it could also mean a return to more restrictive rules regarding traveling to Cuba. Since travel restrictions were removed, many U.S. based airlines have added direct flights from Havana while other companies have invested in hotels on the island.

The move is not expected to be politically popular. A Senate bill introduced last month that would further ease travel to Cuba has 55 co-sponsors.

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Charlie Minato

I am an editor and co-founder of halfwheel.com/Rueda Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I handle the editing of our written content, the majority of the technical aspects of the site and work with the rest of our staff on content management, business development and more. I’ve lived in most corners of the country and now entering my second stint in Dallas, Texas. I enjoy boxing, headphones, the Le Mans 24-hour, wearing sweatshirts year-round and gyros. echte liebe.