On the social network Twitter, the foreign minister detailed that in 2019 alone, 53 vessels and 27 companies were blacklisted.

He stressed that Washington’s measure persists, and has a sensitive impact on Cuba, in the context of COVID-19.

“The persecution of ships, shipping companies and insurance companies to deprive #Cuba of fuel is a criminal action by the US govt. In 2019 alone, 53 vessels and 27 companies were blacklisted. Measure persists with sensitive impact for the country in context #COVID19,” Rodríguez Parrilla wrote.

The U.S. State Department has continued to expand its Restricted Cuban Entities List, with which persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction are prohibited from doing business.

Mainly included are companies linked to the country’s retail network, the supply system for the most important needs of the economy and the population, all of the nation’s hotel facilities and several institutions in the financial sector.

According to the Director General of Foreign Trade of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Investment (MINCEX), Vivian Herrera Cid, in 2021 there was an exodus of the shipping companies MCC and Zim, which said they would no longer work with Cuba to avoid problems due to the effect of the blockade.

According to official figures, the losses of the largest of the Antilles as a result of this unilateral policy in the last five years were more than 17 billion dollars, and the accumulated damage in six decades amounts to 147 billion, and the value of gold, one trillion 337 billion.

In June 2021, the UN General Assembly reaffirmed its support for the resolution to end the embargo, with 184 votes in favour, two against and three abstentions.