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Cuban port poised to reap from trade as US eases embargo, normalises relations

Mariel used to be symbol of despair; now its new port is an emblem of potential

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Four new cargo cranes stand at the ready in Mariel's US$1 billion port opened this year by Brazil's Odebrecht.

Mariel, Cuba

THE last time that Elda Fernandez Acosta saw US ships come into the harbour at Mariel was to evacuate thousands of Cubans seeking a better life abroad 34 years ago. The next time she sees them, they will be loaded with Cuban goods for export, she said.

"Once the