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Dated this 8th day of October, 2013
HAVANA---You can find just about anything at El
Curita marketplace in gritty central Havana.
Hundreds of entrepreneurs hawk all manner of
goods at the bustling bazaar, from watches, shampoos
and facial creams to neon-colored tube tops and the
striped FC Barcelona soccer jerseys that are increasingly
a fashion must.
Three years ago, there was nothing quite like it on
this Communist-run island known as much for per-
petual scarcity as it is for pristine beaches and world
class cigars. And three months from now, it could all
be over as authorities begin enforcing a new law ban-
ning the private sale of imported goods.
Cuba is in the middle of what it calls a significant
opening to limited private enterprise---even as it swears
it won t abandon socialism.
But for entrepreneurs who have carved out modestly
successful livelihoods after investing their life savings
to launch import-dependent businesses, the new
measure feels like a big step back.
Announced in late September, the law is likely to
snuff out some businesses entirely while driving others
back underground in a nation where the black market
has long flourished. In some markets, crude signs have
In this October 11 photo, a woman tries on a shoe inside the home of a small
business owner in Havana, Cuba. Three months from now, authorities will begin
enforcing a new law banning the private sale of imported goods. For
entrepreneurs who have carved out modestly successful livelihoods after
investing their life savings to launch import-dependent businesses, the new
measure feels like a big step back. AP PHOTO
already started going up advertising "liquidation" sales.
"I never thought that this would happen. I m des-
perate," said Barbara Perez, who sells blouses for US$13
and jeans for around US$15 from her clothing stall.
"I can t sleep because I m constantly asking myself,
What is going to happen? What am I going to do? "
Last week, she said, authorities summoned her to
hear an explanation of the new rule.
"They treated me well. They read me the new law
and they made me sign a paper," Perez said between
sobs. She has until November 30 to sell her remaining
inventory, and "after that they can confiscate it."
Some 436,000 Cubans are running or working for
private small businesses under President Raul Castro s
package of social and economic reforms begun in
2010. Among other things, the government has legalised
used car and real estate sales and ended the much-
detested exit visa required for decades of all islanders
seeking to travel overseas.
While critics say the list of nearly 200 approved
areas of independent employment is too short, it con-
tinues to expand. The same day the ban on selling
imports was announced, authorities OKed 18 more
professions including blacksmiths, welders and real
"Personally, I think the steps so far have been pos-
itive," said Josuan Crespo, who can now work legally
as a real estate agent. "With this new regulation we
can help people with everything to do with buying
and selling property."
Perez opened shop three years ago with a seamstress
license, but quickly realised there was no money in
making clothing from scratch. For starters, there s no
wholesale market offering raw materials to craft new
clothes or shoes. When available, fabric can be of
dubious quality. And the real demand is for foreign
"The first 11 days I didn t sell anything. They said
my clothes were out of fashion and low-quality," Perez
said. "So I decided to sell my sewing machine, my
television, my refrigerator, and with the US$150 I
raised, I bought clothes from a person who brought
it from abroad and started selling that."
She and countless other entrepreneurs continue to
rely for supply on so-called mules who fly overseas,
returning with duffel bags stuffed with underwear,
jewelry, auto parts, appliances.
Authorities began taking aim at that sub-industry
last year by dramatically hiking customs duties.
Labour Ministry official Jose Barreiro Alfonso recently
told Communist Party newspaper Granma that it s
necessary to "impose order" in the retail sector, and
it will be a crime to "obtain merchandise or other
objects for the purpose of resale for profit."
Together, the measures recall previous policies that
critics describe as two steps forward, one step back.
Cuban entrepreneurs gird
for ban on import sales
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