Following the December 17, 2014 accord between President Obama and Cuba’s President Raúl Castro, the United States lifted several sanctions on the country which many believed would make the island a hotbed for commerce and tourism after a half-century of bitterness between the Cold War foes.

Today, the Obama administration announced a new round of executive actions designed to increase trade and travel with the communist island.

While the initiative is aimed at making it easier for U.S. companies to import Cuban-made pharmaceuticals, U.S. agricultural companies to sell their products to the island, and Cubans to purchase U.S.-made goods online, the happy byproduct of all of this is that the island’s famed rum and cigars are now legal to transport back to the States.

Starting October 17, U.S. residents will be free to import as many as 100 Cuban cigars and 1 liter of Cuban rum – the same limits that apply to alcohol and tobacco products from other countries.

President Obama said in a statement that the latest changes are “another major step forward in our efforts to normalize relations with Cuba,” and predicted that they would help “make our opening to Cuba irreversible.”

Words by Alec Banks
Features Editor

Alec Banks is a Los Angeles-based long-form writer with over a decade of experience covering fashion, music, sports, and culture.

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