Log in or Register for enhanced features | Forgotten Password?
White Papers | Suppliers | Events | Report Store | Companies | Dining Club | Videos
Discount Retailers
Cash, Carries & Warehouse Clubs
Return to: RBR Home | Discount Retailers | Cash, Carries & Warehouse Clubs

PriceSmart ban on Cuban diplomats breached Caricom laws, says Jamaica

RBR Staff Writer Published 08 July 2014

The Jamaican government has reiterated that the recent ban imposed by US-based retailer PriceSmart on Cuban diplomats doing business with its Jamaican outlet, ran counter to non discrimination provisions.

The Jamaican government has reiterated that the recent ban imposed by US-based retailer PriceSmart on Cuban diplomats doing business with its Jamaican outlet, ran counter to non discrimination provisions.

PriceSmart, a US based bulk-shopping warehouse, suspended the accounts of the Cuban embassy's staff and citizens residing in Jamaica without permanent residency in March.

The company said it was obliged to impose the ban, citing the decades-old US embargo on Cuba.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator AJ Nicholson said the unfortunate ban, which was imposed in April but lifted in June, was one of the worst forms of the extraterritorial application of United States law. The ban contravened the Jamaican law and constitution, along with those of the 15-nation Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

Nicholson noted that Jamaica worked strenuously within the institutions of CARICOM to have the matter resolved.

He told his Cuban counterpart that CARICOM's Council for Foreign and Community Relations was adamant that the ban could not stand.

Both countries have also been reportedly collaborating on several issues, including immigration, the environment and drug interdictions.