Transportation in Cuba and Damage Caused by the US Blockade – Prensa Latina
This is reflected in the report that Al Jazeera will be presented to the United Nations on June 23 to demand once again an end to the blockade of Washington.
Between April 2019 and March 2020, coercive measures enacted by the previous administration of Donald Trump caused disruptions to contracts and impacts on the island’s transportation system.
According to the report, Consultores Marítimos SA reported an impact of $ 160,000, as cruise ship companies did not obtain a license to operate in Cuban ports.
“This situation has pushed most companies to choose to completely cancel their relations with Cuban companies and close concluded contracts,” the text stated.
Due to the tightening of the blockade in North America, the document continues, it was not possible to obtain the B-100 jet fuel scheduled for August, September and October 2019.
Faced with such a scenario, 2,500 productive flying hours were not executed and this represents an impact of close to $ 855,229.
The Foreign Ministry says that “mnibus Nacionales has recorded more than $ 51 million in damage to production and services” as a result of the fuel embargo.
For the same reason, between September and December 2019, Cuba reported damage to public transport in urban areas by buses.
According to the state’s estimates, “75.8 million passengers stopped transporting in 2019, compared to 2018, and as a result they stopped receiving income of $ 21 million.”
Despite these numbers and the use of more than 240 coercive measures by the United States, the island’s government has urged the modernization of the transportation sector with a multidisciplinary approach through the use of science, technology and innovation.
Recently, the Caribbean head of state, Miguel Diaz-Canel, called for better use of technical advisory boards, training of qualified workforces, computing and the railway system.
According to the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the blockade is the biggest obstacle to national development and a violation of human rights.
He explained that “the accumulated damages during six decades amounted to 144 thousand and 413 million dollars, and between April 2019 and March 2020, the lawsuit caused more than five billion dollars in losses, which is a record number for one year.”
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