After a large amount of mail from Cuba was refused entry to the U.S. under strict security measures, the Cuban government has decided to halt U.S.-bound mail, possibly because of the high cost of so many returns.

Historically mail into the U.S. has been banned, but a directive by President Obama allowed mail from Cuba to be sent into the U.S. through an intermediary country, such as Mexico, which increases costs. –JCL

The BBC:

Cuba has suspended all postal deliveries to the United States until further notice.

The suspension follows the introduction of stricter security measures by the US last year after the attempted mailing of explosives from Yemen.

The Cuban postal service says large amounts of mail were refused entry and returned in the following months.

Correspondents say the cost of so many returns may have led to the decision to stop the service.

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