We’re pleased to invite you to participate in the X China-LAC Business Summit, which will take place October 14th and 15th, 2016 in Tangshan, China. This Summit is organized by the Inter-American Dvelopment Bank (IDB), the Chinese Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), the People’s Bank of China and the People’s Government of the Province of Hebei.

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Remember that August 19th is the deadline for registering and receiving the benefits.

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BELTRAIDE holds Trade Clinic for entrepreneurs in Independence!


A group of entrepreneurs from Dangriga and surrounding villages had the opportunity to attend an information session to assist them in becoming more competitive. The Trade Clinic was held at the Independence High School Conference Room on 31st May 2016.

The Trade Clinic is the second session organized by EXPORTBelize, a unit of  the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) , with the aim to sensitize members of the private sector across Belize on regulations, requirements, export procedures and documentations   and opportunities that exist under trade agreements in order to do business in the local and international market.

The Trade Clinic included presentations from local partners including the Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS), the Belize Agriculture and Health Authority (BAHA), the Customs & Excise Department and the Directorate General of Foreign Trade. Topics included Standards , Export Procedures, Trade Agreement Opportunities and Sanitary & Phyto-Sanitary Measures among many others.

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EXPORTBelize provides customized needs based services in the areas of export development and promotion. The unit’s role is to encourage competitiveness of local businesses and to promote their products and services regionally and internationally by:

  • Supporting exporters with development promotion that will facilitate maximizing market opportunities in unison with trade agreements;
  • Collaborating with exporters in the promotion of their products and services locally, regionally and internationally;
  • Offering specialized business development services and mentoring;
  • Providing exporters with access to finance and research on product/services that can be capitalized.

The third Trade Clinic is scheduled for  July 6th in San Ignacio with venue to be determined at a later date.

United Kingdom Buying Shrimp in Belize!

A strong will to increase its export market base and achieve the coveted international Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification led to the formation of the Belize Shrimp cluster and it is now reaping the benefits of accomplishing both goals.


Challenged by an unforeseen viral disease which severely impacted the Belize shrimp industry, the cluster still managed to successfully supply UK based multinational retailer Marks and Spencer as well as the second largest supermarket chain in the UK, Sainbury’s, with 1.1 million pounds of shrimp in 2015.


Under the Sainsbury agreement, the shrimp is repackaged under its premium brand and sold exclusively by the chain as it has agreed not to source shrimp from any other supplier under its brand. This has resulted in a higher than projected price premium for exports to these markets.



Read more on Compete Caribbean’s website!



Exploring Business Opportunities in Cuba!

EXPORTBelize, BELTRAIDE participated  in La Feria International de La Havana (FIHAV) 2015 in Havana , Cuba from November 2nd – 6th. FIHAV is a multi-sectorial trade fair which had representation from over 60 countries showcasing their products throughout 25 different pavilions.  Exhibitors had opportunity to establish contacts, close business deals, exchange business experiences and become familiar with new technological developments.

EXPORTBelize participated in pre-arranged business meetings which were facilitated by the Embassy of Belize in Cuba and the Cuban Chamber of Commerce.  The objective of our participation was to conduct an initial assessment of the opportunities for Belizean products to be exported and to learn how to conduct business in Cuba.  Some of products of interest includes chocolate liqueur, corn, beans, juices, hot sauces, furniture, cleaning products, chicken and beef.FIHAV2

EXPORTBelize received strong inquiries for various Belizean products and will continue discussions with Belizean producers and all the necessary government officials responsible for importation in Cuba to facilitate matchmaking and to foster trading relationships between the two countries.


The aim of the Caribbean Exporter of the Year Awards is to create an export culture across the region by encouraging CARIFORUM firms to begin exporting or to expand

CEYA-Banner-2015croptheir exports through a programme that acknowledges and rewards exporters.

The specific objectives are:

  • To give recognition to exporters (SMEs) that have demonstrated an ability to achieve exporting success as demonstrated primarily through export volumes, diversity of export markets and sound export strategies and action plans;
  • To give recognition to youth and female exporters across the CARIFORUM region;
  • To give recognition to exporters that have integrated green technologies into their operations;
  • To encourage exporters to innovate by investing in R & D to improve product development and;
  • To encourage exporters to engage in corporate social responsibility.

Firms can be nominated in more than one category. Entry is by nomination from a business support organization, government institution, or peer within the CARIFORUM region through Caribbean Export’s website ( by February 27, 2015 at 4:30 p.m.  Applications submitted by any other method or after the deadline will not be accepted.

Description of Awards

Emerging Exporter of the Year 
The Emerging Exporter of the Year Award recognises a company that has entered the export market within the last 3 years and has already experienced success.

Young Exporter of the Year 
The Young Exporter of the Year Award recognises a company whose principle shareholder is 35 years or younger and is a successful exporter.

Female Exporter of the Year
The Female Exporter of the Year Award recognises a company whose principle shareholder is female and is a successful exporter.

Green Exporter of the Year
The Green Exporter of the Year Award recognizes an exporter that has invested in green technologies and integrated alternative/renewable energy solutions into its operations that has allowed it to experience exporting success.

Caribbean Exporter of the Year
The Caribbean Exporter of the Year Award recognizes a Caribbean firm that has achieved significant exporting success and whose brand epitomizes Caribbean Export’s guiding philosophy of “Taking Caribbean Excellence to the World.”

Special Award – Excellence in Services Exports
The Special Award recognizes an outstanding Caribbean firm that has successfully exported its services.

Eligibility Criteria

The awards are open to all firms within the CARIFORUM region that meet the eligibility criteria (see below) and are nominated by a business support organization, government institution or peer within the CARIFORUM region.Nomination forms are available on Caribbean Export’s website and should be submitted electronically on or beforeFebruary 27, 2015. Winners will be announced prior to the awards ceremony scheduled for April 16, 2015.

Interested applicants should meet the General Eligibility Criteria in addition to the relevant Award Specific Criteria to which they are applying.

General Eligibility Criteria 


  • Must be a registered company headquartered in a CARIFORUM country;
  • Must be majority owned by a CARIFORUM national;
  • Must have an established market presence in at least one export market (regional and international)
  • Must have been in operation for at least three (3) years and exporting for at least two (2) of those years (with the exception of the emerging exporter of the year award)
  • Product or service exported must contain significant CARIFORUM content
  • Produces goods/services that demonstrate significant appeal in the export market
  • Must have annual export earnings of at least US$50,000 (with the exception of the Emerging Exporter of the Year Award) 

Award Specific Eligibility Criteria

Emerging Exporter of the Year 

  • Firm must have annual export earnings of at least US$20,000
  • Firm has been in operation for three years or less and has been actively exporting for a maximum of three (3) years 

Young Exporter of the Year 

  • Principle shareholder (owns at least 51% of firm) must be 35 years or younger as at December 31st 2015 and must be active in daily operations of firm

Female Exporter of the Year

  • Principle shareholder (owns at least 51% of firm) must be female of the firm and must be active in daily operations of firm 

Green Exporter of the Year 

  • Firm has prioritised investment in green technologies to enhance competitiveness
  • Firm has realised significant benefits (economic/environmental) as a result of integrating alternative/renewable energy solutions into its operations

Caribbean Exporter of the Year 

  • Firm has demonstrated innovation in the area of product development
  • Firm has provided increased employment opportunities to CARIFORUM nationals with emphasis on women and youth employment
  • Firm has demonstrated corporate social responsibility in the communities in which it operates 

Special Award – Excellence in Services Exports

  • Firm must be an exporter of services

Caribbean Export Invests in Market Intelligence


Bridgetown, BARBADOS, June 10, 2014. The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) convened a high level regional consultation to examine the rationale for market intelligence and its relevance to building export competitiveness; and to secure agreement on the development of a regional export strategy. The consultations took place from June 5th– 6th at the Radisson Aquatica Resort, Barbados. The meeting was attended by stakeholders from across the region.

In her opening remarks Executive Director for Caribbean Export, Pamela Coke Hamilton, stressed that “Market research and competitive intelligence can help, and is necessary for helping the CARIFORUM private sector to better understand a number of issues in export markets such as the market entry requirements for their products, consumer demand patterns and trends, competitor and substitute products, distribution networks and the regulatory requirements that affect their businesses.”

Caribbean Export has a mandate under the 10th EDF Regional Private Sector Development Programme (RPSDP) which speaks to the development of a regional trade and market intelligence system. The Agency’s efforts to date have focused on the delivery of products and services based on the trade information needs identified by the private sector and Business Support Organisations (BSOs) across the region. An important tool in the arsenal is the Caribbean Export Market Intelligence Portal (CE-MIP), an online tool which provides searchable market research features as well as a library of market intelligence products.

This consultation meeting also enabled much needed open dialogue between the stakeholders to help inform decisions on the formulation of regional export strategies. There is a direct link between market intelligence and export strategy development, which must be understood if the trajectory of regional exports is to be augmented. “We must also identify and select attractive markets based on global supply and demand trends, trade flows and market access for our products. Understanding those markets is invaluable before engaging in any firm-specific building initiatives,” stated Coke-Hamilton.

Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development, Hon. Donville Inniss reiterated the Executive Director’s remarks, commenting that what is of “paramount importance for firms is their ability to design and implement marketing programmes to communicate the existence of their products within external markets and to put in place feedback mechanisms through which they improve on their product offerings”. “Far too often we are still going according to gut feelings or personal contacts. We must accept that market research is an integral part of the firms activities into which appropriate human and financial capital must be invested.”

Caribbean Export also unveiled an Exporters Toolkit the aim of which is to provide a suite of information, guides, and templates to support region’s private sector in their efforts for exporting. The two-day consultations concluded with stakeholders endorsing the CE-MIP and confirming the need for continued build out of the current market intelligence products such as the Market Pointers and Market Opportunity Briefs. Stakeholders also endorsed the development of regional strategies for agro-processing, creative industries, and higher-education services but with a focus on brand development, enhancing access to the global value chain for regional producers and exporters, and strengthening of IP elements; and gave the thumbs-up for the Caribbean Exporter’s Toolkit expected to be launched shortly.

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Caribbean Export: Special Call for Proposals- Food Safety



Special Call for Proposals – Food Safety for CARIFORUM Agro- Processing Firms

The Caribbean Export Development Agency officially announces the publication of the Special Call for Proposals – Food Safety for CARIFORUM agro- processing firms to receive financial assistance as part of the Regional Private Sector Development Programme (RPSDP) funded by the European Union under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF).
The Special Call for Proposals – Food Safety is a reimbursable grant funding facility specifically designed to provide financial assistance to legally registered agro processing firms within the CARIFORUM region who are exporting or have the potential to export their products to the European Union. It is a facility for firms looking for funding to support their capacity building to meet the food production standards of the European Union (EU) market.

While the challenge also exists among the large enterprises in the Region, it is very prevalent among small, medium and micro-sized enterprises (MSMEs).  The allocation of this funding is hoped to ensure that goods of regional origin are produced under standard quality control conditions to meet the sanitary and regulatory requirements of the EU marketplace (such as HACCP, GAPs, GlobalGAP, ISO 14000, Fair Trade Certification, BRC, QF 1000, Primus GFS etc).
The Agency is offering, with this Special Call for Proposals – Food Safety, grants of up to 10,000 euros which represent a maximum of 70% of the total project cost to CARIFORUM based agro-processing firms. Firms that are exporting or demonstrate their potential to export and who meet the eligibility criteria are encouraged to apply to this Call.
The deadline for this Special Call for Proposals – Food Safety is July 9, 2014 and more information can be found at For more details or to take part in the Call, please contact Sam Kruiner, Special Advisor – Export Development at or +1(246) 436-0578, Fax: +1(246) 436-9999.



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Branding of Belizean products exported to international markets

A workshop on the branding of Belizean products exported to international markets

A two-day workshop began today at the Radisson Fort George in Belize City. It focuses on branding the Belizean products that are exported to various markets around the world. Dubbed the Belize Export and Origin Consortia Workshop, the Caribbean Development Bank in partnership with the Belize Coalition of Service Providers has organized the initiative to assist service and product manufacturers and providers in sectors of tourism, agriculture and other goods to explore the possibility of exporting collectively. The idea is to see various organizations within a particular industry to share techniques and contacts in order to meet the demands, quality and standards of international markets. And so today, stakeholders gathered for a crash course addressing the benefits of grouping firms for export using the methodology of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization. The workshop is part of the United Kingdom’s development support initiative to CARICOM states.


Grace Chun, UK Deputy High Commissioner to Belize

“It focuses on fostering economic growth and job creation. The expected results include helping the private sector enter new markets, creating jobs and implementing business environment reforms to cut red tape and to facilitate investment.  It’s an organization of several businesses or banks joining together as a group for a shared purpose. Your shared purpose is to bring the three CARTFund projects together to find joint solutions to the challenges and constraints that they face, overcoming the barriers preventing small firms and producers entering global and particularly EU markets is the core of what the UK is seeking to achieve through the CARTFund. As Henry ford once said, coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress, but working together is success. So I hope that this CARTFund event provides the opportunity that you need to drive forward the creation of export consortia to help businesses in Belize compete and win in the global market.”

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