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Andrew Nagy. This is no movie prop, and its not just any tank. The 46 tons of moving metal belongs to Schwarzenegger himself, the larger- than-life success story who has been everything from Conan the scheduled to hit theaters later this year with Jackie Chan in China and he travels regularly on behalf of the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy, addressing concerns about climate change and air Barbarian to the Terminator, Governor of California to cigar-chomping pollution.
In his black, school activities. Schwarzenegger is making his rst foray into reality muscular presencenot quite the perfection when he was dubbed the television, taking command as the mentor seeking a mentee in The New Austrian Oak as a young bodybuilder, but still extremely solid, his eyes Celebrity Apprentice.
He is stepping into the shoes of the shows long- glimmering with mischief beneath a head of preternaturally brown hair, time host, President-elect Donald Trump, who uncorked the catchphrase his handshake rm but not aggressive. Youre Fired on a regular basis. Trumps tenure as host ended in , He lowers his six-foot-frame through a hatch into the driver seat of right around the time he announced his presidential campaign, but he the intimidating mass of metal.
Its an M47 Patton, named after the remains an executive producer of the show, as well as one of its owners. Schwarzenegger is impatient army as an year-old.
You shoot something and it comes out a year later From my youngest days, I wanted to drive tanks, Schwarzenegger but you wish it would come out right away, he says.
My father I did the show for two reasons, he says. I loved watching it. It was had connections and so I got to go to tank-driving school. He presses a great show that always sucked me in. I thought Trump did a great job forward, taking the beast on a rumbling spin around the property. When I heard hed been discontinued, I thought, Theres an This is a man who gets what he wants, whether its unmatchable interesting show I could host.
When he heard in that the Austrian military was plan- ning to retire an old group of tanks it had received from the United States in the s, Schwarzenegger began making inquiries. He located what he says is the very machine he had driven back in his youth, the number still painted on its steel hull.
Bush, he was able to pull a few strings via the Pentagon to download the tankits cannon disarmed, but its engine very much intactand have it shipped to the United States, where it eventually made its way to Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio in Santa Clarita in the San Fernando Valley. He drives the behemoth as often as he can, sometimes crushing things for charity, but even at the age of 69 there just isnt that much free time.
Like the Terminator, Schwarzenegger never seems to quit, and his schedule would flatten a younger man.
I had never done a reality show and I thought it would be interesting to try. As an actor, you train yourself in the Most people dont know that Arnold other direction. To do a show like this, there are totally was a millionaire before he was cast in Conan the Barbarian. This new boss had been a business success even before he made a fortune in movies.
Most people dont know that Arnold was a millionaire before he was cast in Conan the Barbarian, says hes very articulate and sensitive in the way he approaches a certain subject, Mark Burnett, executive producer and creator of The Apprentice. It gives you a chance to look inside these famous people.
Arnold had massive success not only in real estate but also in profes- Misleading preconception is a two-way street. I thought hed be a sional sports, acting and politics. He shares a great deal of his experience jerk, even though Id never met him, says contestant Lisa Leslie, a three- from all of them on the show. But at the end, we all went to his home for a barbecue The new season pairs Schwarzenegger with his nephew Patrick and he was gracious and humble, kind and respectful. He did say that, Knapp Schwarzenegger and super model Tyra Banks, and a host of com- during the show, he turns it on when he needs to.
But I found him to be petitors, from retired athletes such as Laila Ali, Eric Dickerson and Ricky a very compassionate man. Arnold encourages contestants to take big swings, says Burnett. It depended on what the challenge was, which people would emerge ing his decisions. And he loves people. He was a great leader on the set, with an interesting talent or connection. When you see a UFC ghter and the cast and crew absolutely loved himHe spent literally hundreds [Chael Sonnen], who is used to ghting and beating up on everybody, and of hours preparing for this shoot.
He really wanted to understand what. His passion for whatever he does is infectious; it really comes across on television. What makes a good boss? Someone who is able to make people understand their vision, Schwarzenegger says. Someone who can articulate whats expected, who can direct people to the ultimate goal, to bring everybody together to ght for that. You can have creativity; its all part of team- work. But you have to be rm and have a clear vision. If people dont follow you, there are consequences.
A promo for the show features a clip of Schwarzenegger being engineered, Terminator-style. At the end, a robot arm fires up his cigar, which has become as much a part of the Schwarzenegger image as his physique, his accent or his open-faced smile.
Asked how many humi- dors he owns today, Schwarzenegger rolls his eyes. Thats like asking how many shoes I have, he says. I have some unbelievable humidors, a collection from around the world, different designs. I have a lot of lighters, too. I very rarely download a cigar because I get so many as gifts.
I dont keep that many around, maybe at any given time. One-time box-office rival Sylvester Stallone, who Schwarzenegger joined on screen in The Expendables series as well as Escape Plan , says theres a certain fastidious quality when Schwarzenegger sits down with a cigar. Arnold is what I would call a neat smoker, Stallone says. He doesnt demolish a cigar by chomping away on it. He savors it.
When I worked with Arnold, he was totally into [cigars], recalls Danny DeVito, who costarred with Schwar- lled with smoke and I got sick to my stomach. Arnold says, Whats the zenegger in the comedy smash Twins. For a guy who was all about matter, Jim? Does a little cigar smoke bother you?
Heretry one. Hes a friend and its a cool thing Belushi is now a huge cigar fan himself. You enjoy a good meal, a couple of drinks and a I used to smoke the extra-long ones, Schwarzenegger says. I got off nice Partags. Now I like smaller cigars.
Of course, for Schwarzenegger can also be an unapologetic cigar smoker, as actor a man like Schwarzenegger, small is relative.
Thats become The fucker smoked a Montecristo No. I like some of the non-Cubans, when theyre good. The car But I love a Cuban cigar when its good. But he The Evolution of. I always go outside, he says. At my house, I have a big replace and sit outdoors when I smoke.
I wont smoke in the house. As governor of California from late to early , Schwarzenegger couldnt smoke in his Sacramento state house.
Government regulations prohibited smoking anywhere in the capitol building, including the gov- ernors ofce, and smoking was prohibited within 20 feet of the building. His solution? He constructed a tent within the capitols large, open-air From bodybuilder to barbarian, atrium, with no side of the tent closer to the building than 20 feet. I had air-condition- ing pumped in. It was my meeting place where people could come and Schwarzenegger has been a dominant smoke stogies.
Early one morning, he and two pals head for the gym. They come gliding out of the dawn fog on their mountain bikes, silent and imposing: A few pedestrians who are out this early call his name as he rides byArnold!
He smiles broadly and gives a wave of acknowledgment, but he doesnt break the pace on his daily jaunt to the Golds Gym in Venice. Though the building itself has moved, Golds has been Schwarzeneggers home base since he arrived in California almost 50 years ago. Im addictedI have to do it, he says. My day cannot start without doing something physically. And I work out at night before bed: I want to stay in shape as long as I can. Schwarzenegger and his small posse head back into an endless series of rooms lled with weight-resistance machines and free weights.
He greets old friends but walks with purpose. Despite his fame and legend, his presence here is so regular that his movement through the large facility barely stirs a ripple. His workout is compressed but purposeful: He then moves to the next pair of machines, alternating sets with one of his biking companions, Ralf Moeller, a 6-foot-6 actor and retired bodybuilder who towers over Schwarzenegger like a joshing younger brother.
You know, Moeller condes, between Arnold and me, we have 14 titles. Yeah, but 13 of them are mine, Schwarzenegger says with a laugh. It was the weight room where Schwarzenegger became a champion.
His domination of the sport of bodybuildinghis empire during the sgrew out of a youthful fascination with the lms of Reg Park and. He went on to surpass them, winning ve Mr. Universe and seven Mr. Olympia titles before retiring from bodybuilding competition. He keeps his hand in as an executive editor of a couple of bodybuilding magazines, The Bodybuilder Flexing biceps the size of cannon balls, Schwarzenegger and is still involved in the Arnold Classic, an annual mens bodybuilding commanded center stage in the bodybuilding world of the competition in Columbus, Ohio.
He was named Mr. Universe in at the age of 20, and When I started in bodybuilding, I didnt think about becoming later went on to win seven Mr. Olympia titlesthe top award in famous, Schwarzenegger says. I didnt know anything about celebrity. I the sportincluding six times in a row. The Guinness Book of grew up so sheltered that I was not worldly enough to think about this World Records called him the most perfectly developed man in stuff.
When the rst person asked me for an autograph, I had no idea what the history of the world. Conan the Barbarian, The Actor Crafting his body with iron was only the beginning for Schwarzenegger.
He brought the fantasy book antihero Conan the Barbarian to the screen in , but it was his role as the murderous cyborg in James Camerons The Terminator in that transformed him into the biggest action star in Hollywood.
Terminator 2: The Politician He had no political experience, but Schwarzenegger became governor of California, the largest economy in the United States, in the California governor recall election. He received 4. He conducted business from an ornate tent on his patio where cigar smoking was encouraged and legalunlike inside the capitol.
He left oce in He strides through life, unafraid of being seen because hes had a talent for getting people to look at him for one reason or another for more than a half-century. There is an ease and an air of confidence to Schwarzenegger that can be deceptive. The key, he says, is preparation: Or, in gym lingo, hes doing the reps, repeating a task until it becomes automatic.
I do lack condence, Schwarzenegger claims. But I do the reps and do them enough that the thing itself will be doable when its time. When I was compet- ing at bodybuilding, I did so many hours of reps on the weights, practicing the posesthat when I got onstage, I was comfortable and condent. The more reps you do, the more you look smooth and convincing. The more you do it, the better you get.
Thats my lesson from sports. Its the same with movies, the same with interviews. Practice, practice, practice, reps, reps, more When Schwarzenegger was governor of California, he faced a smoking ban in his Sacramento reps.
Thats how you gain condence. To puff his beloved stogies while doing business, he created a comfortable smoking tent. The irony is not lost on Schwarzenegger that even as he, a former high government ofcial, is they wanted. I just wanted to be a bodybuilding champion and be in making his debut in reality TV, former reality-star Trump will assume movies.
I didnt look at that as being a star. To me it was a regular job, that elected ofce for the rst time. As it happened, both faced allegations of happened to be seen by millions of people. In Schwarzeneggers case, he apologized publicly, saying, A large black-and-white photo of Schwarzenegger in his primethe Yes, I have behaved badly sometimesI have done things that were not young colossus who helped push bodybuilding into the mainstream right, which I thought then was playful, but now I recognize that have adorns one wall of Golds.
While Schwarzenegger still sports biceps that offended peopleI want to say to them, I am deeply sorry about that, and look like they could crack walnuts, working out is a different sport today.
I apologize. The muscles dont respond the way they did at 30, he says. Ive weighed If you run for ofce, they ing everything at you, Schwarzenegger pounds for the last 25 years. I competed at but my waist was says.
There is the media and there are the opponents researchersthey much smaller then. Everyone is taking shots and you cannot be upset because thats Asked what he sees when he looks at himself these days, Schwar- what it is. Whats the sayingif its too hot, get out of the kitchen? As he talks, it is a week after the U. And I was already so critical of myself, even when I was in top physical shape.
Id look in the mirror after I won one Mr. Olympia after another and think, How did this When I look in the mirror, pile of shit win? I never saw perfection. There was always something lack- ing.
I could always nd a million things wrong with myself and thats what I throw up. The muscles dont got me back into the gymbecause I started out with that mentality. He also had a curiosity and discipline, which helped him make the respond the way they did at While competing he earned a administration will take on the environment.
He was alarmed at Trumps bachelors degree in business administration, investing his winnings and campaign vows to hobble the Environmental Protection Agency, revive endorsement fees into real estate, as well as starting a bricklaying the coal industry and disavow the climate-change treaties signed by the company staffed by himself and other bodybuilders.
Obama administration. Arnold is percent self-made, Burnett notes. Hes an immigrant Thats why I did not vote for him, Schwarzenegger, a longtime who even had to learn the language when he came here in Hes Republican, says. Im hoping we can all work together to make America an embodiment of the American dream: We have to look to the future to nd absolute dedication, anything is possible.
As a young man, Schwarzenegger used an outgoing, brash personality Ever the positivist, he adds, Were going to support him. We all have to draw focus; now he doesnt need to because the publics attention to work together. As President Obama said, if hes successful, we all are.
His sense of humor is still dry and That is the key thing. Weve got to move the country forward. Thats the ever-present, and hes happy and comfortable talking to all who only way we stay No. My rule of thumb about damaging accusations was that, if the allegation was false, ght vigorously to have it withdrawn; if the accusation was true, acknowledge it and, when appropriate, apologize, he writes.
Which is what he did after ex-wife Maria Shriver discovered in that Schwarzenegger had fathered a son with their housekeeper, Mildred Baena, 14 years ear- lier. When news leaked, he made a public apology, and he and Shriver divorced. He publicly acknowledged Joseph Baena as his son and continues to support him. Schwar- zenegger remains a hands-on parent with his ve kids: Daughter Katherine is following in her mothers footsteps as a journalist and writer; son Patrick is working as an actor; the youngest are still in college.
Schwarzenegger is not much given to reection or self-analysis. His life has been dedicated to forward motionto nding the next challenge and rising to it. When you make mistakes, you correct them and you move on. What makes you condent is having victories.
But you also have to be comfortable with loss, he says. Its not the end of the world. Its painful when you wipe out, or when your movie goes in the toilet. Its embarrassing when they throw dirt at you when you run for ofce. But how to deal with it is to not dwell on it. Anything big that you want to accomplish is always difcult. The bigger it is, the more risk there is.
Being comfortable does not bring suc- cess or greatnesstaking risks does. His 70th birthday will be in July. With a list of career peaks that would ll the resumes of three lesser men, Schwarzenegger is still seeking new challenges.
Thats not happening, he says, stirring fresh fruit and yogurt together with muesli for his after- workout breakfast. That doesnt work for me because everything I do, I enjoy I dont do anything that youd consider a job job. I go to China to work in a movie one day, to New York to present an award the next.
I go to a few business meetings where I get together with friends and talk about how to make one dollar into many dollars. Its fun. Why would I retire from that? That vision of America as No. I do everything exactly to the U. At the time he was a poor teen from the the same as I did 20 years ago. You do have to be more careful not to injure small Austrian village of Thal, where he grew up without television or yourself, more careful with the way you warm up.
Im a little bit more telephone. He turned a passion for bodybuilding into a business empire cautious when I ski, with not as much skiing through the trees. But Im then used that as a springboard to movie stardom and political ofce. When I get to be 90, then Ill be old. Now that his term in the statehouse is behind him, he keeps those I dont think about mortality, except when I go for a physical.
I live years in perspective: I dont look at it as my life after being governor, in denial. I just dont think about it. I thrive a little on danger or discom- he says. I took seven years out of my regular life and put it into public fort, on not knowing whats next and going into the unknown. Whatever service. Then I continued on with everything else. The only thing that happens, happensand Im ready. As the saying goes, you can only fall as really changed is Im more interested in public policy.
I got hooked on far as the ground. In his autobiography, Total Recall: The son of a retired lieutenant Army ofcer and the Thai woman he met while on a tour of duty in Vietnam, Woods wasnt born with a silver spoon in his mouth, but he had a sensational swing, a precise putter and an insatiable drive in his DNA. He had the ultimate golf gene. We all came to know him as Tiger, the nickname his father gave him.
He was a product of his calculating father, Earl, and his passionate mother, Kultida, who nurtured their son with uncanny skill to become one of the greatest golfers to ever stride a fair- way and lift a trophy, dozens of them. He won 14 majors and transformed the game. For more than two decades Tiger Woods has been the story of golf, his every move, every stroke chronicled.
He has been his sports supernova, its calling card, its driving force, its face. Yet so often over the last few years, Woods bright light has ickered, dimmed, gone dark. Injuries, the consequence of millions of violent swings since his early teenage years, have devastated his body and destroyed his game.
Back surgeries kept him out of golf altogether for a year and a half, and he returned to play in early December, as this issue went to press. Scandal has tarnished his reputation as a one-time role model. Despite all the spin to the contrary, the game hasnt been the same without him. But what if the game never had him at all? What if Earl Woods hadnt cut down a golf club and handed it to his son before he was even two years old?
What if Kultida Woods hadnt installed her young sons intense drive and singular purpose? What would golf have been like as it crossed from the 20th to the 21st century? What would have the golf landscape been like?
So were going to play what if, and take a look at what Tiger did, and imagine what might have happened had he not done it at all. Woods has won 79 ofcial PGA Tour events, including his 14 major championships. No player has ever occupied the world No.
So lets take all of these statistics out of his column, and see who would benet. Lets imagine that Tiger never was Tiger. This is how the game might have played out. Mickelson would have ranked No. As Woods was thundering to a shot victory in the U. Open at Pebble Beach in , the most impressive performance in a major tour- He is the only living player to win 79 times, and only one player has nament in the history of the game, Els plugged along to nish second, tied won more, said Tim Finchem, shortly before he stepped down as PGA with cigar-pufng Miguel ngel Jimnez.
With no Tiger, Els would have Tour commissioner in October, whose reign corresponded with Woods had a chance to win a playoff and his third U. Open title. Hes the only active player to win 14 majors and only one player At the British Open at St Andrews a month later, Woods won has won more.
I love Jack Nicklaus beyond belief, but I have to put Tiger his rst Claret Jug by eight shots, the start of his Tiger Slam, where he won down as the greatest player to ever play. No Tiger, no Tiger And the way he did it, and when he did it, when more and more Slam. If good players were coming along, was incredible. It lifted all boats. Woods had not completely dusted the pair, Els would have gone into a Tiger lifted, rowed and powered all boats.
His was the hydroplane that four-hole playoff for the title and might have won his rst Open Champi- rooster-tailed across the sports landscape and everybody and everything onship.
He did win two, in and After that thumping, Els was philosophical. I dont think if I had But suppose he hadnt come along at all. Suppose instead of a golf played my absolute best I could have beaten Tiger, he said at the time.
Suppose instead of Els also nished second to Woods in three PGA Tour events, includ- pounding the heck out of his fellow professionals on the course, he ing a playoff loss in the season-opening Mercedes Championship. Thomas Bjrn, far left, and Ernie Els, who tied for second place, look on. Chris DiMarco, who never won a major, nished second in two of them to Woods, including the Masters. His stardom was a pillar of the Tours nancial success. No Tiger yesterday, less money today.
Part of that is Instead, he had to be satised with relative anonymity and zero majors because he never played well enough at critical moments to seize the No. In , DiMarco led The Masters for also because when he was playing well, Woods was right there, hovering the rst two rounds, but lost in a playoff for the green jacket to Woods, above him.
During 46 straight weeks from to , Mickelson was who won the last of his four times at Augusta National. Who can forget No. And who Woods chip-in on the 16th on Sunday, the ball posing for a photo op was above him the entire time?
Tiger Woods. Without Tigers presence, with its Nike swoosh in full display before falling into the hole for a Mickelson would have been an unquestioned No. Woods won the playoff by draining a long putt for birdie. Mickelson turned pro in , and it took 12 years for him to win the A year later, DiMarco nished second to Woods by two shots in the rst of his ve majors. He is one away from a career grand slam, needing British Open at Royal Liverpool, in part because Woods had holed a shot only a U.
Open victory, but he has fallen short again and again, holding from the fairway for an eagle two on a par 4. A world with no Woods could have meant a second to him by a shot in the Bridgestone Invitational, a tourna- career grand slam for Mickelson, and six majors. Lefty also nished second to Woods by one shot in three tourna- So just think what the career consequence might have been for ments: He would have had Hill tournament in , and at Doral in And his condence level in winning those events might , along with the PGA Championship.
By , Woods game have propelled him to several more victories. Hall of Fame career? There are a lot of guys whod love to have some putts back or who Until I started to play my game better, Tiger owned me, Mickelson kick themselves about bogeys and doubles down the stretch, said has said. There is no question that without Woods, Mickelson would have DiMarco a couple of seasons ago. But I always made birdies coming in been the Tours No. Tiger Woods has won again and again in the world of golf, but who would have won without him?
We analyzed his victories to see who would have nished rst if he didnt play. Phil Mickelson Chris DiMarco Vijay Singh 2 one more major four more total wins 3 two more majors three more total wins 4 no more majors ve more total wins. Love nished second to Woods three more times. He lost by three shots. A major Championships eluded Montgomerie for his entire career.
Austin was a legendary self-deprecating pro who always Cadillac Championship admitted it was his head that held him back from being one of the Buick Invitational Charles Howell Steve Stricker games more accomplished players. The one time Austin had a chance. That year, new nine-year agreements were reached with CBS and NBC that have a combined worth in the billions of dollars, and they were inked when Woods game had gone south.
But through the shrewd financial maneuverings of the PGA Tour, led by commissioner Tim Finchem, television ponied up, and in turn purse money skyrocketed. What if Woods hadnt been there to light up the screen? His stardom was a pillar of the Tours success. And its a stunning coincidence that the Golf Channel, the rst single-sport cable television outlet, began in as Woods was in the midst of a dominating amateur career.
With Palmer as an original backer of the hour channel devoted to what was often considered an elitist sport, the Golf Channel had the benet of Woods beacon. It isnt too much of a reach to say that without Woods, the cable networks chances of success would have been considerably less. Without Tiger, you wouldnt be turning it on at 2 a. He was the reason for the explosive increase in ratings that we saw for golf and a signicant part of the increase in rights payments that we all paid, says Sean McManus, president of CBS Sports.
The rise of Tiger also corresponded to the reign of Finchem as the tour commissioner. He did an outstanding job in taking over from Deane Beman and growing the tour by leaps and bounds, and leaping and Woods exulting after a clutch shot, wearing his trademark Sunday red and bounding that he had Woods in the drivers seat. A world without Tiger would have been far different indeed. Ill take another Tiger Woods tomorrow to dominate for 20 years, and hopefully hell come back, says Finchem.
Austin nishing second, a mere two shots He takes all the air out of media. He becomes the entire focus, said behind, leaving him forever consigned to the Woods pile of victims.
Finchem at the time. Its understandable, but the one negative about it A golf world without Tiger Woods would have meant more than just is that it is very difcult to create new stars in that environment. That last the impact on these many individual careers. He forever altered the two or three years its been easy: He the players and how they handle themselves so well.
A lot of it has to do worked out religiously, carved himself into a physical specimen. Only with media exposure they can generate now. Gary Player had ever earned a reputation as a tness freak before Tiger The same question was asked about golfs all-time major leader when came along. Once other players saw Tigers extraordinary success, and he left the game. When Jack Nicklaus won his last tournament in , linked some of that to his extraordinary body, they followed him into the and I became commissioner in , the questions were what are you gym like lemmings.
And mentally, he walked right on to the Tour in going to do now because you dont have a Jack Nicklaus? He combined his athletic physique with a steely pysche, They may have glossed over Greg Norman, who was No.
I think he changed the way young players approached the game Some asked Finchem how can one man dominate when he is only and came to the Tour, says Jim Nantz, the CBS broadcaster who has part of the fabric for 18 or so tournaments a year.
Tiger comes along in chronicled Woods career with both passion and admiration. The way he the fall of after turning pro after his second year and he dominates, built his body, the way he played without any fear, I think thats how Rory he says. All of these tournamentshave grown in almost every category. And how they play, and the rest year to year. The lesson is that fans love golf.
And they needed someone to love. If Woods wasnt as lovable as Woods also impacted and inuenced the scope of the game in the Palmer, he certainly was exciting. He was the Tours raison dtre.
No player since the late, great, incomparable Arnold If he had stayed at Stanford to get a business degree, the PGA Tour Palmer drew so much attention to the sport. The television camera loved and its players wouldnt have been counting nearly as much money as him, though in truth he didnt love it back nearly as much as Palmer.
When Woods played, ratings soared. In research provided by CBS for In his prime, Tiger Woods beat up on every single player, but at the regular PGA Tour events from to , Tigers presence in a tournament same time he lifted them all up. When he wasnt in the eld, The Tour without Tiger? It would have just been golf. And golfs all-time highest rated tournaments all occurred as Tiger was in the hunt, and usually winning.
T he traveler stood in line at JFK. In his bags, he had rather, I got a perfunctory, Welcome to the United States. His arrival was a week after the U. Treasury few short years for Cuban cigar enthusiasts returning to the United States. He declared everything, expecting to pay a four- without violating the parameters of the Cuban trade embargo, which is percent duty on the cigars in excess of the limits.
Have a nice day, said subject to Congressional oversight. Since then, signicant moves have the customs agent. Were giving you a holiday on the extra duty. Now regularly dock in Havanas harbor. In addition, the U. Interests Section understand, this scenario used to set off a routine that went something in Havana was upgraded to a full-edged embassy last summer and earlier like this: I would approach the customs counter, hand over my passport in , President Obama visited Cuba with his family.
So, Mr. Mott, which magazine do Still the rules governing importation of Cuban cigars and rum were you work for? My response was always to cut to the chase: I dont have fairly restrictive: This time, no one even asked me if I had cigars, but bined, and only for those who were travelling between Cuba and the. Although certain Caribbean nations are granted a two-liter limit, Cuba is not one of those.
The law states very clearly: You products acquired in Cuba as accompanied baggage for personal use. While the regulations also make it very clear that for those traveling to you may give your cigars to a third party, if you sell them or receive any Cuba.
You can bring kind of compensation in return for them, you are breaking the law. States, are now eligible to be repatriated under the current regulation. The question was put to four different agencies: The new rules only allow you to bring cigars in for personal consumption. Department of Homeland Security. One ofce replied, This response is off the record. I have no further guidance to give you on your subject. You are allowed to This may be an overthinking of the issue, but it is possible that a product give away Cuban cigars you bring back as gifts.
Your downloadd while it was illegal to do so might be subject to a different, friends will appreciate this gesture.
It remains illegal to enter the country with it. Until there is a better answer, I would remain download Cuban cigars from abroad via the phone, Internet cautious bringing home boxes of year-old Cuban Davidoffs. Another point: Cuban cigar sales in the U. Your local store still cannot smuggle out contraband. One traveler in November had cigars, some sell cigars from Havana. But he also received the duty waiver in Miami at U. Our rate of personal consumption is likely Even as the rules have made it easier for individual Americans to much, much higher than what a U.
Customs agent acquire and return home with Cuban cigars, the prohibition remains in would believe. There is no formal denition to the upper place on importing those same cigars for commercial use.