Conceived in 1993 and established in 1994, the U.S.-Cuba Trade and Economic Council provides the U.S. business community with information and analysis on matters of interest regarding U.S.-Cuba commercial, economic, and political relations.
The U.S.-Cuba Trade and Economic Council does not take positions with respect to U.S.- Cuba political relations. The organization is a private, not-for-profit, membership-based corporation that accepts neither U.S. government funding.
Members of the organization have included Decatur, Illinois-based Archer Daniels Midland Company; Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Carlson Companies; Detroit, Michigan-based General Motors Corporation; Schaumburg, Illinois-based Motorola, Inc.; New York, New York-based American International Group; Springdale, Arkansas-based Tyson Foods; Memphis, Tennessee-based FedEx Corporation; Stuttgart, Arkansas-based Riceland Foods, Inc.; Bentonville, Arkansas-based Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.; Greenford, United Kingdom-based GlaxoSmithKline plc; Indianapolis, Indiana-based Eli Lilly and Company; Cleveland, Ohio-based The Sherwin-Williams Company; St. Paul, Minnesota-based 3M; Cincinnati, Ohio-based Chiquita Brands International; Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Medtronic; Oak Brook, Illinois-based Ace Hardware Corporation; Greenwood Village, Colorado-based First Data Corporation; Houston, Texas-based Enron Corporation; Berkshire, United Kingdom-based Cable & Wireless plc; London, United Kingdom-based Barclays Capital PLC; Wiltshire, United Kingdom-based Burmah Castrol Ltd.; and Paris, France-based Credit Lyonnais S.A. among other automotive, energy, financial services, healthcare, communications, entertainment, publishing, transportation, real estate, retail, consumer product, and other types of companies from the U.S. and other countries.
The U.S.-Cuba Trade and Economic Council was the first and only organization within the U.S. to have received letters of cooperation from the Chamber of Commerce of Cuba, the Ministry of Foreign Trade of Cuba, the Ministry for Foreign Investment and Economic Cooperation of Cuba, the Ministry of Tourism of Cuba, the Ministry of Public Health of Cuba, the Ministry of the Steel-Mechanical and Electronic Industry of Cuba, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba, and the National Assembly of Cuba.