On February 17, 2023, the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) issued a notice in the Federal Register seeking public comments on the effectiveness of the licensing procedures for the export and reexport of agricultural commodities to Cuba under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). Specifically, the notice indicates that pursuant to section 906(a) of the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000 (TSRA), BIS authorizes such exports and reexports and the procedures are set forth under 15 C.F.R. § 740.18. Persons submitting comments are asked to be as specific as possible.

Comments must be received by BIS no later than March 20, 2023, and must be submitted via the Federal rulemaking portal, www.regulations.gov, under docket no. BIS-2023-0004. BIS will include a description of any comments it receives in its biennial report to the Congress, as required by the TSRA.