AFP reports that
Why? Because it is “convenient to eliminate the prohibition” that was in effect since 2002, says the item in
The Finance Ministry’s order does not make clear how VCR’s and DVD players will be taxed, if at all, at the airport. My guess is that they will be taxed, just as baggage of Cuban Americans is taxed at rates that often exceed $100 per suitcase.
The ban on appliance imports always seemed to me to be designed to encourage visitors to buy appliances for their relatives in dollar stores rather than carry them in. Maybe someone calculated that there is more money to be made by charging duties on VCR’s at the airport than by having the state import them, mark them up, and sell them at dollar stores.
[Correction: I stand by my general point about imports of appliances ("electrodomesticos") but reader Karamchand helpfully points out that VCR's and DVD players are not available for sale to Cubans in dollar stores. His comment also touches on customs duties and airport procedures.]