The rules that come into effect Monday run to 41 pages and give a sense of the quantity and diversity of the commercial goods arriving in checked bags. Travellers will be allowed to bring in 10 kg of detergent instead of 44; one set of hand tools instead of two; and 24 bras instead of 48. Four car tyres are still permitted, as are two pieces of baby furniture and two flatscreen televisions. Cuban customs also bars passengers from bringing in items worth more than $1,000. Rather than examining receipts, customs agents are given a long list assigning pre-set values to certain goods ($250 for a video-game console, for example.) Those prices rise sharply under the new rules, making it far easier to reach that $1,000 limit.Also see BBC and 14ymedio.
As the Obama administration has worked to loosen some (but not all) embargo restrictions, the Cuban government response has been to impose restrictions of its own on items that can be imported. As I wrote in 2012, the Cuban government likes to blame the US embargo for all sorts of shortages and failings in the country, but the Cubans increasingly have themselves to blame as they are the ones doing the blockading of goods.