These Were likely to buy Cubans now only in specified quantities, said trade Minister Betsy Diaz on Friday. The goal is a “fair and reasonable” allocation of scarce products in the population.

The government in Havana made the recent tightening of the U.S. embargo against Cuba for the supply shortages are responsible. Economic experts see the reason rather in the weakness of its own production and the dependence on close ally Venezuela.

The socialist Caribbean island receives Venezuelan Oil in exchange for the services of expatriate Doctors. This Oil sold to Cuba on the world market and procured as foreign exchange. Due to the severe crisis in Venezuela, the Oil supply will have halved to 50’000 barrels (each 159 litres) per day.