American Shipper

New U.S. trade group to focus on Cuba

New U.S. trade group to focus on Cuba

   A group of about 35 agricultural shippers, industry associations and other interests have formed a group that focuses on improving trade relations between the United States and Cuba.

   “We now have seen efforts by the (Bush) administration to curtail such trade and resultant steps by associations and others to support efforts in Congress to turn back these changes,” said the Washington-based U.S.-Cuba Trade Association.

   In addition to lobbying, the group will provide its members with up-to-date information on administrative and congressional actions impacting U.S. trade arrangements with Cuba.

   Kirby Jones, president of Alamar Associates, will serve as president of the U.S.-Cuba Trade Association. Bill Reinsch, president of the National Foreign Trade Council, will serve as board chairman, and William D. Rogers will head the association advisory board.

   Some of the group’s members are ADM, American Italian Pasta Co., Cargill, Caterpillar Americas, Cuba Trade Coalition, Millar Farm Exports, North Dakota Farm Bureau, Texas Port of Galveston, San Juan Navigation, USA Rice Federation, and U.S. Wheat Associates.

   For more information, access the U.S.-Cuba Trade Association Web site at