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By Ilona Kauremszky


Q: When I visit Cuba, I would like to give a new VCR and a new bike to a friend living there. Would I be charged duty on these items? Thanks for your help.

A: Would I be charged duty on these items? Thanks for your help. W. Fraser, Toronto A: The list of do's and don'ts on what one is permitted to take to the Republic of Cuba is pretty long. The Cuban Customs Office reports, "video equipment of all types is prohibited." As far as a bike, the Cuban Embassy regards this item as a temporal import. "You declare the bike at the custom office when you arrive. If not, you have to pay the fee," says Deborah Ojeda of the Cuban Embassy in Ottawa.

For a full list of prohibited and regulated items, consult the Cuban Customs Office web site at http://www.aduana.islagrande.cu/. Other travel inquiries can be addressed to the Cuban Embassy or consulate office. For more details visit the Embassy of Cuba's web site at www.embacuba.ca.

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