In 2002, 923 representatives of United States companies visited the Republic of Cuba to attend the U.S. Food & Agribusiness Exhibition organized by Connecticut-based PWN Exhibicon International. The licensing process took more than three years. The statistics from the event:
Number of product export licenses processed by United States Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS): 225
Amount of cargo transported to Cuba (dry, chilled, frozen): 154,000 pounds
Cargo aircraft: 4
Exhibitors: States, District of Columbia, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico: 35
Exhibitors receiving contracts/agreements: States and Commonwealth of Puerto Rico: 21
Exhibition booths: 218
Individual representatives of exhibitors: 923
Non-Republic of Cuba-based media representatives with accreditation: 92
Governor (Minnesota): 1
Lieutenant Governor (North Dakota): 1
Secretary/Commissioners of Agriculture (Georgia, Kentucky, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, North Dakota, Virginia). The Departments of Agriculture of Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, and Texas were also represented: 7
It was much more of an effort to make that event happen in 2002 than it was in 2015....
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