The US and Cuba to renew direct mail service for first time in more than 50 years

Posted: 15-Dec-15 19:10

It may have taken five decades, but finally diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba have thawed to the extent that a direct mail service between the two countries is set to be restored - putting an end to the month or more delays experienced when sending mail one way or the other.

The US and Cuba to renew direct mail service for first time in more than 50 years

As if to cement the growing relations between the United States and Cuba, it has recently been announced that the direct mail service that operates between the two countries will be restored for the first time in 52 years.

The news is significant as it will be the first time since the Cold War that Americans and Cuban natives have an opportunity to communicate with one another via mail, and while the new deal is only at a pilot stage at the moment, it was revealed by the US State Department that this will provide:

"... mail flights between the two countries several times a week, rather than routing mail through a third country."

The Cuban Foreign Ministry went further and explained that the pilot scheme would be rolled out in the coming weeks, and if the implementation is successful then a permanent plan will come into action during 2016.

Coming as it does less than a week after Presidents Obama and Castro announced that diplomatic ties between the two countries would be renewed for the first time in five decades, there is further hope that unrestricted travel and trading between the US and Cuba is on the horizon.

The direct mail service between the two countries was initially put to bed back in 1963, which coincided with the decision by US Congress to place a trade embargo on Havana that still – tentatively at least – exists to this day. The hope is that with the mail service being restored, perhaps the trade embargo will be lifted in the near future too.

At the moment, any letters or parcels that need to be sent between the two countries have to be re-routed through a third party, and this can delay delivery by up to a month. Naturally, this latest news has been greeted with joy and relief in equal measure by both American natives and the islanders.

Communication channels in Cuba have never been particularly effective, and so the mail service – allied to the re-establishment of a direct telephone link between the two in recent times – will ensure that Cubans can contact the US with ease. It is also hoped that the new phone connection will strengthen the ailing Internet activity on the island too, which would also help to push their economy forward.


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