February 2013

Finally, Belize Cattle Make It Across Border For Legal Export

Finally, Belize has successfully exported a legal truckload of cattle to Mexico. In the 90’s the BEEF trade thrived between the neighboring countries, but that was before mad cow and foot and mouth disease. Since then, the Mexicans, as part of NAFTA, were forced to enact strict standards for animal health, and it took Belize more than a decade to catch up. But, finally, we have and yesterday after some ominous delays, the Mexican Cattle Truck pulled into Blue Creek, all the inspections and paper work were taken care of, the shipment was sealed by BAHA, and then sent off to the northern border crossing. When it finally made it across a collective sigh was surely heard. As the cattle-men explain, it’s an opportune time to get the trade going:

Albert Reimer, Cattle owner
“We’ve been working on this for a long time. It’s finally coming to past we think, if we can get them across the border and we hope that this is the opening of a new business, enterprise that we are going to follow. We need more market and I think it’s going to help the beef industry a lot. This has been a learning experience for us because we now see what the quality is and that they require and also the sanitation requirements that we have to meet and we have to learn to have product that’s constant. I refer to as a box of Corn Flakes, when you buy you know what you get. That’s what we need to do with our animals; they have to be the same quality, size, sanitation requirement every time.” Continue reading “Finally, Belize Cattle Make It Across Border For Legal Export”

Fashion Street


Institute of Creative Arts (ICA) invited The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) in its participation at Fashion Street.  The event was held downtown Belize City, on Albert & Dean Street, Saturday February 23, 2013, from 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm. A total of 1 booth (with dimensions 10‘x 20‘) was endowed to BELTRAIDE.

Fashion Street, directed at strengthening and supporting Creative Industries, showcasing live art, fashion and a wide selection of entertainment, gave artists the opportunity to showcase their talent and artwork to a crowd.

BELTRAIDE was able to establish a wide array of networking with individuals to promote its Small Business Development Center (SBDC) as a proactive approach to promote investment and trade development, marketing, business facilitation, and research.

The Management and Staff of BELTRAIDE, would like to thank ICA for their assistance and guidance in its successful participation at the event.

Feel free to contact us at or call us at 822-3737/0175 for more information on this event.


Art In the Street


It’s the third year for the annual Street Art Festival and according to organizers, there will be new surprises for those art lovers. On Saturday afternoon downtown Albert Street will be lined with booths showcasing live art, fashion and a wide selection of entertainment. The festival was created to build a national forum for artists and offers artists the opportunity to showcase their talent and artwork to a crowd. We caught up with the team at NICH who told us what families can expect tomorrow. Continue reading “Art In the Street”

Rebecca Stirm and Chantae Guy are representing Belize in Jamaica

“Thanks to Belize Bank, Rebecca Stirm will be heading to Kingston Jamaica, along with Belizean headline model Chantae Guy [Miss Belize World 2012], to show her “Pfuma Ye Nyika” collection on the runway this weekend at the Wyndham Wedding Spectacular!”

European Commission proposes to open plurilateral trade negotiations on services


The European Commission today asked the Council to give its green light for negotiations on a new international agreement on trade in services. To begin with, 21 WTO Members will be at the negotiating table, but the EU is keen to encourage others to join. The EU is also pushing for the agreement to dovetail with WTO rules so it can be later folded into the WTO system. Continue reading “European Commission proposes to open plurilateral trade negotiations on services”

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