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Port of New Orleans signs deal with Cuba to expand trade

Staff Writer |
Port of New Orleans CEO Brandy Christian joined Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards in signing a memorandum of understanding with Cuba pledging to expand trade and commerce opportunities between Louisiana and the Caribbean nation.

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The agreement also calls for joint marketing and information sharing efforts to meet those objectives.

"The proximity and historical relationship between Cuba and the Port of New Orleans has us well-positioned should the trade embargo be lifted, and we are prepared to play an important role in trade when the time comes," said Christian, who signed the MOU with Governor Edwards and Director General Manuel Fernandez Perez Guerra of the National Port Administration of Cuba.

"We look forward to working closely with Cuban ports and trade authorities to grow opportunities and nurture long-standing relationships that will be mutually beneficial.

"n the meantime, we will continue to efficiently handle those products that can be legally shipped to Cuba, often by Louisiana-based companies."

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