Postal Service in Cuba
by Herman Hayles
with the thawing of relations beween the two governments when do you think we (Cuban Americans) can start using the postal service in Cuba?
Postal service in Cuba not tomorrow
President Obama has eased the sanctions for US Americans and made an opening towards further improments of the relations between Cuba and the USA. But there is still a long way to go, today we are back at the year 2000 situation.
Fidel Castro calls the "Obama opening" "peanuts" in his column in the "Granma" the official state newspaper.
So, to answer your question, I have no cristal ball and can not predict how things will turn out. There are good intentions on both sides to make progress, but this will take time and building up of confidence, I expect only baby steps advancement the coming years. Having said this, the other problem is that Cuba is not ready for big changes. The Postal Services in Cuba are one big problem, even the Cuban authorities have admitted this. Lots of post disappear or never arrive at destination. The post that arrive take 5-8 weeks to reach destination. So if tomorrow Obama should allow to send post to Cuba, I expect a "big postal nightmare" for Cuba. When I send a letter from Brussels (Europe) to Havana it takes at least 5 weeks to arrive with registered post. For important documents or emergency medicines I use the DHL courier services to be sure things arrive at destination.
(normally 2-3 days).
So I hope that this will not be a big disappointment for you, I don't expect this very soon, but again I have no cristal ball.
I think you better should consider e-mail communication with relatives in Cuba, it's not cheap, but cheaper and more reliable than postal