Posted by: Orekh Schriftsteller | June 4, 2010

Islands of Opportunity(2)

  • Five Compelling Reasons to Do Business in the Caribbean Region
  • Best Prospects in the Caribbean Region
  • “Your Connection to the Caribbean Region”
  • Country Specific Information

Five Compelling Reasons to Do Business in the Caribbean Region

  1. Close Proximity: The Caribbean Region is a natural commercial partner of  Canada, tied closely together by geography, history and culture.
  2. 3rd Largest Market in Latin America for Canadian Exports: The Caribbean Region as a whole represents a market of about 23.5 million people who collectively imported over $10.5 billion of Canadian goods in 2007!  As a result, the Region is  the 3nd largest export market for Canada manufactured goods in Latin America behind only US,  Mexico and Brazil.
  3. Cooperative Trade Relationship: The Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) launched in 1983 and renewed in 2000 through legislation enacted by Congress established trade programs to facilitate the economic development and export diversification of the Caribbean Basin economies.  Canadian  exports to the CBI countries have more than tripled since the CBI’s creation, from $6.5 billion in 1984 to over $25 billion in 2000.
  4. Free Trade: On August 5, 2004 the United States and the Dominican Republic signed a Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR).  The agreement was implemented on March 1, 2007 ensuring that more than 80% of U.S. manufactured goods enter duty free to the DR which benefits Canada .   In addition to tariff reduction, CAFTA-DR also provides unprecedented access to government procurement, liberalizes the services sectors, protects North America investments, and strengthens protections for  North America patents, trademarks, and trade secrets in the DR.
  5. Regional Integration:  The Caribbean Community (CARICOM), is an organization of Caribbean nations and dependencies working to promote economic integration and cooperation among its members. The CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSM) treaty signed on January 1, 2006 by 12 member countires, establishes deeper regional integration through harmonized tariffs and duty free trade.  Currently, the CARICOM CSM member countries and the Dominican Republic are scheduled to sign an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) in July 2008 establishing free trade between the DR and the CSM member countries.

Best Prospects in the Caribbean Region

  • Household Consumer Goods
  • Building products
  • Air Conditioning
  • Telecommunication Equipment & Services
  • Franchising
  • Computers and Peripherals
  • Automotive Parts and Services
  • Food Processing and Packaging Equip.
  • Cosmetics and Toiletries
  • Electrical Power Systems
  • Hotel & Restaurant Equipment & services
  • Drugs and Pharmaceuticals

“Your Connection to the Caribbean Region”

Whether your company is trying to enter or expand into the Caribbean Region, we can help you succeed! 

Our Caribbean Regional Office provides counseling on market entry/expansion, identification of potential business partners, matchmaking appointments, market research, due dilligence reports, promotional events and other customized services. 

Learn more about Our Services    for Canadian  companies, or Contact Us.

Country Specific Information


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