Ferries waiting for Cuba’s permission to dock at its quays
Last month, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the Treasury Department granted permission to at least five American ferry companies to travel to Cuba. However, the Cuban government has not give permission for them to dock at its quays.
The problems to be solved by the US side include the training of customs agents, explains David Whitestone, employee of the Tampa-based law firm Holland & Knight, which has been lobbying on the issue on behalf of the city of Key West.
Another problem is that Key West lacks a ferry terminal where agents of Customs and Border Protection can process international travelers.
The City Commissioner Tony Yaniz announced on Thursday that in mid-July he will visit Cuba, where he hopes to meet with several Cuban officials, including the director of the port of Havana.