Only persons returning from Cuba after a licensed visit
there are permitted to bring Cuban cigars into the United States,
provided the value of such cigars does not exceed 100 US dollars
and the cigars are for that person's personal use and not for
resale. All other importations of Cuban cigars are illegal. All
offers to buy or sell such cigars in the United States involve
cigars that are imported illegally. Contrary to what many people
may believe, it is illegal for travelers to bring into the
United States Cuban cigars acquired in third countries (such as
Canada, England, or Mexico).
It is also illegal for U.S. persons to buy, sell, trade, or
otherwise engage in transactions involving illegally-imported
Cuban cigars. The penalties for doing so include, in addition to
confiscation of the cigars, civil fines of up to $55,000 per
violation and, in appropriate cases, criminal prosecution which
may result in higher fines and/or imprisonment.