HAVANA, Charcoal will be the first product that Cuba exports to the United States in more than 50 years, thanks to an agreement signed today between the state-owned Cuba Export company and the US-based Coabana Trading LLC, dpa reported.

"This will be a first contract, but we hope to continue our relationships for many years and not just with charcoal, but with other products that we have ready to export like honey and coffee," said Isabel O'Reilly, director of CubaExport.

Coabana Trading LLC president Scott Gilbert said the agreement "means another plank in the construction of the bridge between the United States and Cuba."

The first shipment of 40 tons will arrive in the United States on January 18, just two days before the inauguration of Donald Trump as president of the United States.

The agreement opens the doors of the United States market to Cuba for the first time in more than half a century.

Currently, four Cuban companies export between 40 and 80 thousand tons of charcoal each year to more than five countries, especially in the European market.

Source: Emirates News Agency