Jamaica has negotiated trade agreements with the world’s major trading powers such as the European Union, Canada, and the United States, as well as in our important domestic CARICOM markets. These trade pacts provide a range of opportunities for Jamaican exporters.
Learn more about these major trade agreements:
- The EPA accords immediate duty-free/quota-free market access for all CARIFORUM goods into the EU except sugar.
- With the added element of services as tradable under the EPA, Jamaican professionals will be able to offer their services to the EU – whether virtually or if granted temporary work permits to work in the region. Services include the creative and entertainment industries. The agreement also includes an Exclusions List of CARIFORUM-designated sensitive products that will not be subject to liberalization. The major exclusions are agricultural and processed agricultural products; fisheries products, chemicals, furniture, various industrial goods, spirits and spirituous beverages, aerated beverages and fruit juices.
- Rules of Origin have been improved to accommodate essential materials originating from third countries required for input for manufacturers to be exported to the EU such as [processed] agricultural products, fisheries, textiles and clothing.
- CARIBCAN is a preferential arrangement guaranteeing duty free access to Canada for a wide range of products excluding textiles and apparel, footwear, luggage and handbags, leather garments, lubricating oils and methanol.
- Other items are eligible for duty-free status if they can be certified as being grown, manufactured or produced within the Commonwealth-Caribbean or Canada.
- Strict Rules of Origin apply to most goods to be exported from Jamaica to Canada.
- Electronic and electro-mechanical assembly
- Handicrafts, giftware, and decorative accessories
- Wood products, including furniture and building materials
- Recreational items, such as sporting goods and toys
- Fresh and frozen seafood
- Tropical fruit products and winter vegetables
- Ethnic and specialty foods, such as sauces, spices, liqueurs, jams, and confectionery items
- Ornamental horticulture
- Medical and surgical supplies