Sector Profile

Sector Profile

The manufacturing sector is the largest contributor to the economy among all goods-producing sectors, constituting between 8 and 9% of GDP on a consistent basis over the last five years. Total manufactured exports increased by 25.8% in 2012, bringing the total value of exports for that year to over US$938 million. During that period, the sector generated employment for 6.8% of the total labour force, based on figures from the Economic and Social Survey of Jamaica.

The manufacturing sector is divided into two main categories - traditional and non-traditional. Traditional manufactured goods include food, beverages and tobacco, while non-traditional goods include non-metallic products, chemicals and petroleum products. With Jamaica being located at the hub of air and sea routes in the Northern Caribbean, the country is ideally placed for export-oriented manufacturing and assembly operations, which represents a clear competitive advantage in today’s global marketplace.

The Jamaican Government continues to create an enabling environment to stimulate the growth of the sector by developing key legislation and incentives to spur expansion. The positive outlook for manufacturing is further buoyed by the Government's commitment to establishing Jamaica as a logistics hub, which will create niche opportunities in the sector.



Ricardo Durrant
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Mobile : 876-382-6613