On October 17, 2016, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published in the Federal Register a final rule [Docket No. 160915848–6952–01] that amends a license exception to allow cargo aboard aircraft to transit Cuba when that cargo is bound for destinations other than Cuba. This rule also authorizes export and reexport of certain items sold directly to individuals in Cuba under a license exception. Finally, the rule revises the lists of ineligible Cuban officials for purposes of certain license exceptions. BIS is publishing the rule to further implement the administration’s policy of increasing engagement and commerce that benefits the Cuban people.

BIS is taking this action in coordination with OFAC, which is amending the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) (31 C.F.R. part 515).