Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, introduced legislation on Thursday that would lift the trade embargo against Cuba.
In a speech on the Senate floor, Moran said the record-breaking farm yields of 2016 resulted in excess grain that could be sold to Cuba if the Cuba Trade Act were passed.
“Cuba is only 90 miles off our border,” Moran said. “They offer a potential for increased exports, of all sorts of products, but especially Kansas wheat.”
“It costs about $6 to $7 a ton to ship grain from the United States to Cuba,” Moran said. “It costs about $20 to $25 to ship that same grain from the European Union. This competitive advantage we lose because of the regulations that are in place that drive up the cost of Cuba consumers dealing with United States.”
“While boosting American exports remains a primary goal of lifting the embargo, I also think there’s an opportunity for us to increase the reforms, to improve the lives of the Cuban people as well,” Moran continued.