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USA fines travel company for allegedly violating American blockade against Cuba


HAVANA, Cuba, Oct 2 (ACN) The company Generali Global Assistance (GGA), linked to the provision of travel services, agreed to pay over five million dollars for allegedly violating the US blockade against Cuba.

The announcement was made known on the official website of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the US Treasury Department, where it is set out that the figure to be paid amounts to exactly 5.864,860 dollars.

According to OFAC, that number would liquidate its alleged civil liability 'for 2,593 alleged violations' of the Cuban Assets Control Regulation (CACR).

The penalty comes despite the fact that GGA referred payments related to Cuba to its Canadian affiliate, in order to avoid processing reimbursement payments directly to Cuban stakeholders and travelers while they were in that country.

However, OFAC detailed in its press release that such fact constitutes an atrocious violation of the applicability of the US sanctions on Cuba with respect to this activity.

In that way, the company joins other international institutions fined during the last year - among them the British bank Standard Chartered, Expedia Group, General Electric, Allianz Global Risks U.S. Insurance Company and the Swiss Chubb Limited.

All those sanctions qualify under the assumption of violations of the blockade policy on Cuba, sustained for six decades by Washington, despite the majority opposition of the international community.

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