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Warmer relations with U.S. mean new ways to export to Cuba

Peter A. Quinter

Peter Quinter
GrayRobinson, P.A.

TAMPA — More Cubans living in the United States are making it back to the island to visit relatives, bringing with them love, family photos — and the occasional chainsaw or flat-screen television.

Travel has loosened up more than trade since the U.S. imposed an embargo on Cuba five decades ago, so visitors assume the role of pack mules, hauling along small mountains of sought-after goods from America on charter planes.

This bloat of luggage headed toward departing flights at airports in Tampa, Miami and Orlando has emerged as a symbol of the unusual relationship between the U.S. and Cuba. But as relations improve under the Obama administration, the mountain soon will start to shrink.

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