Pictures speak volumes

Havana’s international fair (FIHAV) is a great unknown for the vast majority of American businesses.  But not all.

American businesses do attend the fair.  They are not listed anywhere in the exhibitors catalog, nor are they shown anywhere on the exhibitors map.  Tucked away in a quiet, remote pavilion, they mainly include a variety of agricultural producers, ports and shippers, quietly attending the fair under the shelter of licenses granted by OFAC.

Some snapshots from FIHAV 2014:

Exhibit for ONE Cuban rum company

 

ONE Cuban tobacco company (right) and one stand for meat products (left)

Cuba is much more than just rum and tobacco but those stands are the evident showstoppers.

Moscow had a huge presence
Tatarstan was not far behind
Nor was Argentina
Mexico had its own pavilion
So did Italy
Spain had two
Portugal only had a stand, not a pavilion, but still…

And now, the American exhibits, on opening day.  (Most American visitors did not arrive until the second or third day.)   Compare and contrast.

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