Kentucky Businesses Interested in Trade with Cuba

Sep 28, 2015


Representatives from the Kentucky World Trade Center are taking a business related trip to Cuba next month.  Lexington council members received an update last week of trade center activities. Center President Ed Webb says area business leaders approached him about a trip to Cuba. “Basically we said initially no because the embargo still exists,” Webb said. “It’s still in place which means we cannot do any kind of business activity except for humanitarian aid, which would be medical and food supplies.”

Center Vice President Sherry Mulkins says the October trip to Cuba will include meetings with the Cuban Chamber of Commerce and local entrepreneurs.  The group from Kentucky includes representatives from Alltech, Electro Dry, and East Kentucky Power.  Mulkins says she routinely gets questions from local business owners about when they can start selling products in Cuba.  “There’s not any way to know,” she said. “That’s actually the number one question I’ve been asked.” Mulkins says she anticipates such an opportunity to be sooner than later, based on how quickly U.S.- Cuba relations are moving.

21 Kentuckians will head to Cuba during the week of October 19.