On October 17, 2016, Commerce, in furtherance of its policy of improving commerce that is beneficial to the Cuban and American people, issued a final rule (81 Fed. Reg. 71,365) updating license exceptions for exports transiting Cuba. The rule allows cargo on board aircrafts to transit Cuba when that cargo is heading for destinations other than Cuba. Additionally, the rule permits exports and re-exports of particular items sold directly to individuals in Cuba for their personal use, including: (1) consumer communication devices; (2) individual gift parcels; and (3) software and commodities to improve the flow of communications. Finally, the rule alters the lists of the Cuban government officials who are ineligible for the above three license exceptions.

The final rule became effective on October 17, 2016.