If a United States-based company or United States-based subsidiary of a non-United States-based company has 1) a license application pending before the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the United States Department of the Treasury or Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the United States Department of Commerce or 2) has considered, but not applied for a license from the OFAC or BIS, they are advised to move swiftly to secure a license.
A license issued by the OFAC or BIS is generally valid for one-year or more; so having an executable license prior to 20 January 2017 will be of value as the Trump Administration might not invalidate a license previously issued.
Having a license be active (exports, imports, provision of services, etc.) prior to 20 January 2017 would provide greater insurance against the invalidation of a license that exists, but has not had components implemented.
U.S. - Cuba Trade and Economic Council, Inc.
Established in 1994, the U.S.-Cuba Trade and Economic Council provides an efficient and sustainable educational structure in which the United States business community may access accurate, consistent, and timely information and analysis on matters and issues of interest regarding United States-Republic of Cuba commercial, economic, and political relations.