Exporting guide to Suriname


Suriname is the smallest country in South America. It borders Guyana, French Guiana and Brazil, making it a good gateway into the South American market. It is a member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). The current climate in Suriname, supports and promotes foreign direct investment (FDI), which has helped contribute to its economy

Demand for goods and services

While Suriname's economy has been dominated by the mineral and energy sectors (gold, oil, and alumina), there is a demand for imported goods in Suriname, which UK businesses could benefit from.

Boats docked at a harbour in Suriname

Suriname: at a glance

Economic growth


Actual figure (IMF, 2020)
The UK is -9.3% (IMF, 2020, actual figure)

GDP per capita


Actual figure (IMF, 2020)
The UK is $41,127 (IMF, 2020, projected figure)


Surinamese dollar

Business languages

Dutch, English

You may need a translator

Time zone

GMT -3

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Next steps

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