Cuba imports first shipment of DDGS since December 2005
Cuba is importing its first shipment of U.S. distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) since December of 2005. A shipment of 8,000 metric tons was purchased by ALIMPORT, Cuba's sole trade entity.
"The United States requires all purchases by Cuba be paid for in advance of shipment," said Chris Corry, USGC senior director of international operations.
"The Council is pleased to see a U.S. grain co-product making its way into this market."
With its proximity to the U.S. ports on the Gulf and expanding tourism industry, Cuba has the potential to become a significant consumer of U.S. grains.
USGC officers visited the island nation in January 2006 to foster relationships with ALIMPORT and identify areas where technical support is needed, such as in formulating livestock rations and using DDGS.