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Forum topic by dpoisson posted 02-28-2011 07:28 PM 1292 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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dpoisson

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02-28-2011 07:28 PM

Howdy, So my GF is starting to talk about taking a vacation to Cuba in the near future. I was wondering if this could be a good occasion to bring back a couple of nice pieces of wood for boxes and what not (nothing too thick as it would weigh a ton).

What could be interesting to bring back as far as wood species? I was hoping to be able to score some lignum vitae (being close to Jamaica) for a mallet and chisel handles, but I’m not sure if there’s an import/export ban on it though. Can anyone confirm this?

Cheers!

David

Edit: I guess I should specify I’m in Canada eh! ;-)

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Nomad62

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#1 posted 02-28-2011 07:33 PM

Last I heard there was a ban on just about everything from Cuba, but I haven’t looked into that for a while. I would contact a government office about it.

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#2 posted 02-28-2011 07:35 PM

I don’t have any idea what the rules are about bringing wood into the country, but Cuban mahogany is some gorgeous stuff.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#3 posted 03-01-2011 05:32 AM

Did they lift the embargo?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 03-03-2011 05:35 AM

You may want to check out http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/plaveg/impe.shtml and any other relevant pages from Canada Custums. They can be quite sticky about importing plant and plant material, I don’t think you want to try and sneak some wood past them.

Topamax, in Canada we’ve never had an embargo against Cuba I believe it is just the US government that established that. I don’t really know the history of it or the reasons I just know that our government and yours did not both embargo Cuba.

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#5 posted 03-03-2011 05:48 AM

Yep, all those Cuban cigars that guys in the US get come from Canada. Maybe they’re really CuCa cigars? I dunno, I wouldn’t smoke one, anyway. Tobacco is a sure, early, painful death, in my family.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#6 posted 03-03-2011 06:29 AM

CAstro nationalized everything including a lot of property owned by US citizens and companies. The most contentious issue is returing that property or compensation to normalize relations and lift the embargo. At some point it has to become a moot point after how many years???????

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 03-03-2011 06:30 AM

We already has Desi Arnez for Luciel Ball, yoiu’d think that would be good enuf, eh ? ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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