Cuban dictatorship earns up to $56,000 for every car imported from the U.S.

The licensed exportation of cars from the U.S. to communist Cuba is a huge benefit for the elite on the island, and it also has become a cash cow for the Castro dictatorship. While the arrival of luxury cars from America in Cuba for the exclusive use of the communist aristocracy and their friends does nothing for the Cuban people, it has provided a new revenue stream for an oppressive Cuban regime,

Via CubaNet (my translation):

Cuban regime earns between $20,000 and $56,000 for every car imported from the U.S.

The Cuban regime has identified a new source of income by facilitating the importation of vehicles from Miami through Maravana Cargo, a company founded three years ago by Cuban-American Alejandro Martínez. The company holds a license from the U.S. Department of the Treasury for shipping packages, appliances, and all kinds of cargo.

Although Customs charges fees for the importation of the entire cargo, the primary focus is on the entry of automobiles. A report from the news website 14ymedio indicates the amount charged for each car imported — determined on a case-by-case basis by the Cuban administration — ranges between $20,000 and $56,000, depending on the model, year of manufacture, and other variables that, according to Martínez himself, he is unaware of.

Maravana earns an average of $8,000 for each exported vehicle, covering transportation expenses, insurance, paperwork, and generating profits for the company.

In a video shared on social media, Alejandro Martínez states the Cuban government does not demand a fixed percentage for these shipments and admits his lack of knowledge about how Customs determines the valuation.

The entrepreneur explains that Maravana charges between $6,000 and $9,000 for services such as freight, insurance, and the proper securing of the vehicle in the container. Subsequently, the Cuban Customs sets the entry price in each case. It’s important to note that only vehicles less than five years old are allowed, excluding all cars manufactured before 2019.

Martínez emphasizes the importance of conducting imports through an authorized company like his own and warns about the risks of doing so through others operating from Panama or Mexico, lacking the permit that would exempt them from U.S. embargo measures, potentially leading to hefty fines or even imprisonment. “Be very careful, be very careful,” he emphasizes.

Maravana’s social media accounts show consistent activity, with posts displaying shipments of appliances, food, and, since October, images of automobiles arriving in Cuba.

Buyers proudly showcase their new vehicles, ranging from brands like Jeep, Audi, or Mercedes to more modest models like Hyundai.

1 thought on “Cuban dictatorship earns up to $56,000 for every car imported from the U.S.”

  1. The people that can afford these cars and the tax imposed by the govt are either govt officials, members of the communist party or good friends of the officials… The sad part is that Maravan is owned by a Cuban in Miami and he is indirectly helping the Cuban govt.

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