The 2020 Trade Americas program offers U.S. companies the opportunity to explore fourteen markets in the Caribbean Region: The Bahamas, Barbados and Eastern Caribbean, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.

Hosted in Bridgetown, Barbados, the Trade Americas – Business Opportunities in the Caribbean Region Conference will focus on region-specific sessions, market entry strategies, export compliance, legal, logistics, disaster resilience and recovery and trade financing resources. You will also be able to have prearranged one-on-one consultations with U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service (US & FCS) commercial officers and/or Department of State economic/commercial officers with expertise in commercial markets throughout the region.

The Caribbean region as a whole represents a market of about 27 million people who collectively imported over $21 billion of U.S. goods in 2018. As a result, the region is the 3rd largest export market for U.S. manufactured goods in Latin America behind only Mexico and Brazil. The Caribbean region is a natural commercial partner of the United States, tied closely together by geography, history, and culture. There is a huge demand for U.S.-made products in the region.


What You Can Expect

The combination of the Trade Americas conference and business-to-business matchmaking appointments in ONE or TWO countries with pre-screened potential buyers, agents, distributors, or joint venture partners will provide participants with strategies for expanding their business across the region.

By attending this conference, U.S. companies will be able to:

  • Gain market insights,
  • Make industry contacts,
  • Solidify business strategies,
  • Advance specific projects, and
  • Identify potential partners.

All business-to-business appointments in the region will be with a pre-screened potential buyer, agent, distributor or joint venture partner.

If accepted on the Trade Mission, the costs are as follows:

Cost*:

Conference Only: $650 per participant

Conference plus B2B Meetings in One Country:

  • $2,300 for small and medium sized enterprises**
  • $3,500 for large firms**

Conference plus B2B Meetings in Two Countries:

  • 3,300 for small and medium sized enterprises**
  • $4,500 for large firms**

* Expenses for travel, transportation, lodging, most meals, and incidentals will be the responsibility of each mission participant.

** As a federal agency, the U.S. Department of Commerce must follow the Small Business Administration’s small business size standards per the Small Business Act of 2013.

Target Audience

The mission is open to U.S. companies with at least 51 percent U.S. content from a cross section of industries with growth potential in the Caribbean Region, but is focused on the following sectors:

  • Agribusiness and Agro-processing
  • Alternative Energy (Renewable Energy, Storage, Energy Efficiency)
  • Aviation/Airports
  • Automotive Parts and Services (E-mobility)
  • Airports and Ports
  • Business Process Outsourcing
  • Construction Equipment/ Road Building Machinery/ Building Products/ Infrastructure/Smart Cities
  • Consumer Products (Clothing, Accessories, Health and Beauty Products)
  • Franchising
  • Housing
  • Hotel and Restaurant Equipment
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Manufacturing Equipment
  • Maritime Services/ Yachting Industry
  • Marine Ports
  • Medical Equipment and Devices/ Pharmaceuticals
  • Oil and Gas Industry Technology and Services
  • Safety and Security Equipment
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Waste Management
  • Water Treatment and Supply


Questions?  Contact:

Lesa Forbes
 at Lesa.Forbes@trade.gov or Delia Valdivia at Delia.Valdivia@trade.gov


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