President Barack Obama’s announcement Wednesday of plans to loosen the long-standing U.S. isolation of Cuba included a part concerning the expansion of U.S. commercial sales and exports of certain goods.
Items authorized under the pending expansion would include, among other things, “goods for use by private sector Cuban entrepreneurs,” according to a fact sheet contained in the White House press release.
While other Americans may be thinking of Cuban cigars, Mississippi State Port Authority CEO Jonathan Daniels is thinking of jobs.
“Between our two ports in Pascagoula and Gulfport, we would be able to serve as a very efficient transport gateway into the Cuban market,” Daniels said. “Ultimately, if we’re going to add another vessel or level of service here, it would have positive economic benefits for both the port and the community.”