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  • Embargoed Goods and Prohibited Countries

    Various U.S. agencies have sanctions in place that substantially regulate or ban all trade with particular countries, including Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, and other countries. For example, under U.S. law, trade in items made in Cuba may not be lawful, depending on the nature of the item, when it was manufactured, and when it left Cuba, among other factors.

    International sellers, and sellers of items made outside the United States, should periodically review current information about which countries may be affected by sanctions enforced by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Department of the Treasury.'s Policy on Items From Cuba

    Generally, items from Cuba may be sold only if they are "informational," "pre-embargo," or "licensed."

    1. Any Cuban item of an "informational" nature, such as books, movies, artwork, imagegraphs, music and similar materials may be sold on any site without restrictions.

    2. Generally, non-informational Cuban items may only be sold if the item was removed from Cuba (or the possession of a Cuban national) before July 8, 1963, when a U.S. embargo was put into effect ("pre-embargo"). Items listed under this exception may not be sold to persons outside the U.S.

    3. Any Cuban item prohibited by (2) above may be sold, though, if the listing is accompanied by a scan of a specific license issued by the Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control that "unblocks" or otherwise terminates the Cuban interest in the item.


    Cancelled Cuban stamps are treated as "informational" items and may therefore be listed without restriction. However, uncancelled stamps or currency issued by the government of Cuba after the embargo date may not be listed. Similarly, uncancelled stamps or currency issued by the government of Cuba before the embargo date, but still in Cuba (or in the possession of a Cuban national) at any time after the embargo date, may not be listed.

    This policy is only a general guideline, and should be a starting point for users trading in such items. For more details about laws governing such trades, and copies of the actual governing laws, go to:

    International sellers should also familiarize themselves with other federal agencies and restrictions that they may have in place. Links to these agencies' web sites are maintained on the Department of Commerce, Bureau of Export Administration web site.

    Prohibited Persons

    Federal agencies have also banned or regulated trade between U.S. persons with certain organizations, businesses and persons. Additional information about these regulations, and lists of these prohibited persons, can be found at:

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