Exporting services to the Caribbean

Question posted by Rhonda Best

Where would I find details about exporting services to the Caribbean? Do rules differ for each country? Are there specific pre-qualification requirements for each country? Do these in any way create an entry barrier for a small consulting firm? And lastly what examples are there of successful UK/Caribbean joint ventures?

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Dear Rhonda,

Thank you for your question.

It depends on whereabouts in the Caribbean you are considering. Each country will have different restrictions, documentation and licensing requriements, duties ect...

UK Trade & Investment have commercial officers in each of the British Embassy/High Commissions/Consulate Generals that can advise you. If you let me know which markets in you are interested in, I can point them in your direction.

You may want to make your local International Trade Team your first point of call for some more general information. London International Trade Team

10-12 Queen Elizabeth Street

London, SE1 2JN

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7234 3050

For general enquiries about exporting, please contact our Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 7234 3000 or email: export@uktilondon.org.uk

Hope that this helps.



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Dear Rhonda,

Thank you for your query relevant to St. Lucia.

We are delighted that you are pursuing business in the Eastern Caribbean.

I would welcome a conversation with you to clarify your specific requirements and to further brief you on the way forward. With this in mind, I propose to telephone you at 2:00 pm British Standard Time (9:00 am Barbados Time) tomorrow, Wednesday, 21 August 2013. Please confirm if this time is convenient for you.

Best regards.

UKTI Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean

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Thank you Jennie Rich and Wayne Lynch for your prompt responses and guidance. Wayne I look forward to speaking with you tomorrow and have sent my contact information to your inbox.

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Sarah Carroll, on behalf of Grow Global Limited in BN1.

Dear Rhonda

Great to hear that you're looking to export your services to the Caribbean.

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) offers a service called the Export Communications Review (ECR) which can help you to optimise your website for international trade, making you visible in search engines in other Caribbean countries. This will help you to generate new leads and sales online.

I am the accredited ECR consultant for UKTI in London and the South East.If you'd like to find out more, please take a look at www.growglobal.com under Services or send us an email on ecr@growglobal.com.

Good luck with your international plans!


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Bryony Porcas, on behalf of Flo-FX in E1.

Hi Rhonda,

My name is Bryony and I work for a company called Flo-FX. We are able to beat corporate bank rates on foreign currency exchange. Due to the fact we are a trading name of Ebury Partners (whose turnover last year was in the region of £1bn), we have virtually no overheads and so can substantially undercut banks and competitors. We carry out all the necessary KYC checks in line with FCA regulations and maintain a fervent desire to ensure all our clients receive the fastest, most efficient service possible.

Please send me an email on b.porcas@flo-fx.com or visit our website at www.flo-fx.com for more information.

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