Exporting guide to Trinidad and Tobago
CARIFORUM-UK economic partnership agreement
The UK has signed an economic partnership agreement (EPA) with the CARIFORUM trade bloc which includes Trinidad and Tobago. Read our latest updates for more information on the status of this agreement and how it may benefit your business.
Digitisation is a key theme for the government. This will affect all sectors and provide opportunities and demand for UK expertise associated with cyber security, business processes, digital marketplaces, among others.
Top five UK goods exported to Trinidad and Tobago, in the four quarters to the end of Q2 2022
|General industrial machinery (intermediate)||7.0|
|Miscellaneous metal manufactures||6.1|
Total import value (into the UK from Trinidad and Tobago) and export value (from the UK into Trinidad and Tobago) over time
|Year||Imports (£million)||Exports (£million)||Total trade (£million)|
ONS UK total trade: all countries, seasonally adjusted
Last updated: October 2022
Total trade is the sum of all exports and imports over the same time period.
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Trinidad and Tobago: at a glance
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Opportunities for exporters
Around 400 multinational companies have physical offices in Trinidad and Tobago, including over 50 British companies such as GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, BP, Association of Business Executives, RioMed, Unilever and G4S Secure Solutions.
Trinidad and Tobago presents significant opportunities for UK manufacturers of high-quality generic and branded pharmaceutical products. The government allocates approximately £60 million per year and relies heavily on imports to meet local demands.
The government is looking to provide modern state-of-the-art healthcare in its medical facilities. This will be achieved by furnishing the facilities with equipment to provide diagnostic services and treatment. It has allocated £5 million to buy medical devices, which will provide opportunities for UK businesses.
In keeping with the government’s priority of digital transformation, the Ministry of Health is looking to provide a more efficient delivery system of healthcare. This will be through the establishment of a technology-driven health information system.
Opportunities for UK companies
Trinidad and Tobago presents significant opportunities for UK capabilities in the security sector. This is due to the close historical ties between the countries and high government spending in areas including enhancing border security, strengthening military capability, aviation security, fire-fighting capability, prisoner rehabilitation and upgrading of prisoners’ facilities.
Memorandum of Understanding
There is currently a security memorandum of understanding between the governments of Trinidad and Tobago and the UK regarding a framework for security cooperation. There is a perception the UK has a reputation of producing high quality goods and a high standard of providing services.
A sophisticated sector
Upstream investment means there are export opportunities for UK companies. Due to COVID -19 there is interest in remote monitoring technologies needed for offshore operations. Indigenous service companies in the market provide high-quality prospects for local partnerships. Occasional bid rounds are issued by the government to encourage investment and procurement of products and services.
A shift to renewables
The government has set a target of 10% of energy to be generated from renewable sources by 2021, creating prospects for clean energy exports. Areas of opportunities include consultancy services to conducting feasibility studies and analyses, investment in solar projects, low carbon transport and wind energy.