After having been interrupted for 48 years, the reestablishment of the direct postal service between Cuba and the United States on March 16 represents a beneficial measure for the two countries, with a positive impact on the communication and exchange between U.S. and Cuban citizens.

According to directors from Correos de Cuba Business Group, faster services and higher security feature among the immediate benefits of the bilateral decision, as they were two of the greatest concerns among clients.

After having been interrupted for 48 years, the reestablishment of the direct postal service between Cuba and the United States on March 16 represents a beneficial measure for the two countries, with a positive impact on the communication and exchange between U.S. and Cuban citizens.The direct benefits resulting from the measure also help to minimize vulnerability risks and the plundering of packages, said the director of Correos de Cuba Business Group, Carlos Asencio, who explained that improving the quality of services, is now the main expectation among the population.

Far beyond time and security, enhancing the quality of services will also depend on the country’s economic and financial possibilities, he commented.

Correos de Cuba belongs to the budgeted sector, and even though improving the quality is its main goal, the group operates in line with many other commitments and functions that go far beyond postal exchange.

In this regard, Asencio referred to the entity’s challenges and expectations with views to be on a par with the tendencies of its world counterparts, focused on what is known as hybrid mail.

Yet, the benefits resulting from the reestablishment of the direct postal service with the United States –an ongoing process yet- are unquestionable.

Soraya Bravo, the Group’s first vice president, explained that before the measure was adopted, some 25 tons of postal packages were annually received from the United States while four tons were sent to that destination, always through a third country.

With the implementation of a bilateral pilot plan that comprises three weekly flights (receiving and sending), more than 100 kilograms were received with the three flights operated on March 17, 25 and 30: 102, 669 and 169 kilograms respectively.

The elimination of a third party in the service, the improvement of the transport fleet and the adjustment of airfares for fast delivery are some of the aspects that will result in faster delivery services, Bravo said.

The postal service through a third country used to take up to two months, with consequent criminal actions along the process.

Now it only takes 45 minutes to transport the goods between Miami and Havana, so it is faster and safer, she noted.

The vice president stressed it is important that the clients are well informed about the prohibitions agreed by the two countries to make the best use of these beneficial measure and avoid legal confiscations.

Some of the items banned by the U.S. postal service include cigarettes and cigars, alcoholic drinks, some types of perfume, fruit, and vegetables.

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