Exporting guide to Suriname

Overview

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

Trade statistics

£17.0 million total UK exports to Suriname for the four quarters to the end of Q2 2022

(Source: ONS UK total trade: all countries, seasonally adjusted
Last updated: October 2022)

176th largest UK export market

(Source: ONS UK total trade: all countries, seasonally adjusted
Last updated: October 2022)

less than 0.1% of total UK exports for the four quarters to the end of Q2 2022

(Source: ONS UK total trade: all countries, seasonally adjusted
Last updated: October 2022)

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.

Top five UK goods exported to Suriname, in the four quarters to the end of Q2 2022

Goods Value (£million)
Road vehicles other than cars (capital) 1.3
Cars 0.8
General industrial machinery (capital) 0.4
Beverages 0.4
Dyeing, tanning & colouring materials 0.3

Source: ONS Trade in goods: country-by-commodity exports
Last updated: November 2022
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Suriname: at a glance

Economic growth

-15.9%

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

GDP per capita

$4,787

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

Currency

Surinamese dollar

Business languages

Dutch, English

You may need a translator

Time zone

GMT -3

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