USW renews commitment to working for "free and open trade" with Cuba
On March 17, 2003, the U.S. Wheat Associates Board of Directors approved the following resolution:
WHEREAS U.S. Wheat Associates has played a major rule in convincing Cuba to change its policy and source agricultural commodities and products from the United States, and
WHEREAS these efforts began to bear fruit in the past year, with Cuban purchases of over $200 million worth of U.S. food and agricultural products, including more than 175,000 metric tons of wheat, and
WHEREAS despite this success, major trade policy and legislative obstacles remain, and U.S.-imposed sanctions still limit the expansion of U.S. wheat exports to Cuba, and
WHEREAS U.S. Wheat Associates has worked with Pedro Alvarez Borrego, Chairman of Alimport, who will again attempt to come to the United States this spring to explore additional wheat export opportunities
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that U.S. Wheat Associates reaffirms the commitment of our organization to free and open trade with nations of the world, and that we shall continue our work for these principles in regards to the nation of Cuba.