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Exporting to Cuba workshop set for March 31


A workshop to assist agricultural producers learn more about exporting goods to Cuba is scheduled for March 31 in Houston.

The workshop, Exporting to Cuba, will be held at the Greenspoint Club, 16925 Northchase Drive, and is co-sponsored by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service.

"This workshop will help Texas businesses, including farmers and ranchers, learn how to export food, forestry and agricultural goods to Cuba," said Parr Rosson, Ph.D., AgriLIfe Extension Service economist and director of the Center for North American Studies at Texas A&M University. "Many may not know that it's now legal to export food, agricultural goods, lumber and medical products to Cuba. This workshop will present a broad view on how to do business with Cuba, new U.S. travel policy and what sectors are experiencing export growth."

Rosson said attendees will learn about trading and exporting with Cuba, including procedures, expectations, licensing and what products have the most potential.

Topics and speakers include market potential in Cuba, Jorge Bolanos, chief, Cuban Interests Section; licensing and doing business with Cuba, Cynthia Thomas, president, TriDimension Strategies; new developments in U.S. Cuba policy, presented by a Port of Houston representative; and oil drilling safety issues, Lee Hunt, Ph.D., president, International Association of Drilling Contractors.

Ernest Bezdek, director of trade development with the Port of Beaumont, will provide an overview of trade missions to Cuba during lunch.

Registration for both the workshop and luncheon is $65 if paid by March 14 and $80 afterward.

For more information, contact Rosson at 979-845-3070 or e-mail prosson@tamu.edu. Information is also available at www.tcta.us.

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