The Cuban postal service, Correos de Cuba, announced this week it will re-open direct mail communications with the United States beginning Wednesday.
However, the communist nation's ban on sending packages to the U.S. will remain in effect – only postcards and letters weighing up to 18 ounces can be sent.
"Correos de Cuba's decision to re-establish mail service to that country responds to flexibility in security measures announced by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration for all nations belonging to the Universal Postal Union," the postal company said, according to the Associated Press.
Since Fidel Castro took power in the 1960s, the U.S. and Cuba have had no formal diplomatic relations – a condition that was extended to mail services in the decades since. Patrons seeking to send mail either to or from Cuba have had to deliver it through other countries.
But aside from the relaxing of postal regulations in the U.S. – as well as Castro gradually relinquishing his grip on power – the news provides a glimpse into the value of direct mail in connecting individuals across barriers – both political and geographical.