US blockade of Cuba in full swing: More fines to US and foreign entities

Even when the US-Cuba normalization of relations is supposedly gaining momentum, Washington keeps punishing US and foreign entities for having violated the regulations established by the nearly-60-year US economic, commercial and financial blockade of the island.

This time, the Alliance for Responsible Cuba Policy Foundation (ARCPF) and Canada´s Toronto Dominion Bank were the targets of the US treasury with fines of 10 thousand and 955 750 dollars respectively imposed January 12 and 13 for what was considered a violation of the US blockade regulations.

According to the US Office for Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the ARCPF coordinated between August 2010 and September 2011 trips of US nationals to Cuba in violation of the US treasury regulations.

In the case of Toronto Dominion bank, the OFAC report refers to transactions through the US financial system in the benefit of a Canadian company, linked to a Cuban enterprise. OFAC says that between 2003 and 2011 that the bank carried out operations including the funding of commercial projects, also prohibited by the US blockade.

Since both countries kicked off on the road to improve relations on December 17, 2014, Washington has imposed fines on 11 entities amounting to a total of nearly 2.9 billion dollars involving 7 US entities and 4 from other nations.

Up to date, some 52 such fines have been imposed during the Obama administration for what they consider violations of US sanctions against Cuba and other countries.