On November 16, the U.S. Government waived the nine-year ban on imports from Burma, now authorizing importation into the U.S. of a broad range of Burmese products. Exempted from the waiver are jadeite and rubies mined or extracted from Burma, as well as jewelry containing such gems. Transactions with Burmese persons and entities whose property and interests in property are blocked remain prohibited. In September, the State Department announced the policy change with respect to the import ban because of the political and economic reforms started by President Thein Sein a few years ago. The import ban waiver follows the relaxation of the ban on new investment in Burma and the ban on exportation of financial services to Burma.