Trinidad and Tobago Food Service Sector Report

An Expert's View about Travel, Tourism and Food Services in Trinidad and Tobago

Posted on: 13 May 2012

Trinidad and Tobago’s food service sector has grown exponentially over the past 5-10 years.

THIS REPORT CONTAINS ASSESSMENTS OF COMMODITY AND TRADE ISSUES MADE BY USDA STAFF AND NOT NECESSARILY STATEMENTS OF OFFICIAL U.S. GOVERNMENT POLICY Required Report - public distribution Date: 4/27/2012 GAIN Report Number: CB1202 Caribbean Basin Food Service - Hotel Restaurant Institutional Trinidad and Tobago Food Service Sector Report Approved By: K. Nishiura Prepared By: O. Gonzalez Report Highlights: Trinidad and Tobago’s food service sector has grown exponentially over the past 5-10 years. A strong economy, a growing middle class, more women entering the workforce, and large investments in the sector have all led to rapid growth in the number and variety of eateries and in the sector’s sales volumes. This in turn has helped the United States achieve record levels of consumer-oriented and seafood exports to Trinidad and Tobago in recent years. While the sustainability of such strong growth remains to be seen, opportunities for U.S. food service suppliers remain strong for the time being. Post: Miami ATO Author Defined: SECTION I. MARKET SUMMARY The two-island republic of Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) is the southernmost country in the Caribbean archipelago, approximately seven miles off the northeastern coast of Venezuela. T&T has a total area of 5,128 square kilometers (1,980 square miles), slightly smaller than Delaware. T&T‟s 1.2 million people share a common culture, but trace their ancestry back to Africa, India, Europe, China, the Middle East and the Mediterranean. The majority of T&T‟s population lives on the island of Trinidad, a mixture of bustling metropolis, mountainous tropical forests, and plains. Contrasting with Trinidad‟s robust business sector, the island of Tobago is a small tourist destination known for its beautiful beaches and laid-back lifestyle. Considered a high-income country (according to World Bank criteria), T&T is one of the wealthiest and most developed countries in the Caribbean. GDP increased by over 2 percent in 2011, after having contracted as a result of the world recession. Unlike most of its Caribbean neighbors, Trinidad has a large industrial sector, which is primarily based on petroleum and natural gas production and processing. Financial services and manufacturing are also important contributors to the economy. Tourism, mainly concentrated on the island of Tobago, is a small yet growing sector which is being targeted for continued expansion. Agricultural activity remains small (less than 1 percent of GDP), yet the Government of T&T is making efforts to revitalize the sector in order to boost domestic food supplies. Given its limited agricultural production, T&T must import most of its food needs. In 2010, T&T imported $760 million in farm products, with approximately two thirds of these imports being consumer-oriented and seafood products. The remaining one third of farm product imports are made up mostly of bulk and intermediate products, which are utilized by over 300 processors to produce a variety of food and drink products, including wheat flour, poultry, pork, beverages, snacks, sauces, condiments, and other products. Source: Global Trade Atlas Of the $461 million in consumer-oriented and seafood products imported into T&T (2010), an estimated 70 percent move through retail channels and 30 percent through the hotel, restaurant, and institutional food service sector. The hotel, restaurant, and institutional (HRI) food service sector is a vibrant area of commerce in T&T driven by a strong economy, a growing middle class, and an increasing number of women in the workforce. Over the past five years T&T‟s food service sales grew at an average annual rate of 7.75 percent in real terms, reaching an estimated US$771.6 million in 2011 (Euromonitor International). There are an estimated 3,800 food service outlets in T&T, of which approximately three quarters are street stalls and kiosks. The remainder is made up mostly of full service restaurants, cafés & bars, and fast-food eateries. Notes: 1) Based on Food Service Value (Retail Sales Price); 2) Post estimates the percentage for fast food is higher, possibly over 10 percent. Source: Derived from data from Euromonitor International. With a relatively robust economy and per capita GDP of $20,300 in 2011 (one of the highest in the Caribbean), continued strong consumer spending is anticipated. However, given the HRI‟s food service sector rapid expansion in recent years and overall market size limitations, more moderate growth levels are anticipated in the coming years. Following are some of the main trends taking place in T&T‟s HRI food service sector.  More and more food service establishments are entering the market. Over the past five years, the number of food service outlets has increased by nine percent.  The variety of food service outlets has also increased dramatically over the past several years. Independent restaurants featuring cuisine from different corners of the globe are quite common. There has also been an explosion in the number of fast food outlets, particularly of U.S. chain restaurants.  There is a trend toward low fat and health foods, and to a lesser extent toward organic products.  More and more women are entering the workforce. According to Euromonitor International, the number of women in the workforce has grown by an average of 2.75 percent over the past five years, compared to 0.35 percent average annual growth for men. This growth in female employment and the increasingly busy lifestyle of most Trinbagonians is translating into less time for home-prepared meals and more eating out. Advantages Challenges With limited agricultural production, Despite its domestic agricultural limitations, T&T posses a T&T must import most of its food relatively vibrant food processing sector. U.S. suppliers will needs. encounter competition from T&T suppliers of wheat flour, poultry, pork, beverages, snacks, biscuits, sauces, and other products. The United States supplies 38 Local importers/distributors already carry many major U.S. percent of all imported food and brands. It may be difficult for new products to compete with seafood products in T&T, more than these brands and to find an importer who does not carry any other country. competing brands. Exposure to U.S. media as well as The 2008 trade agreement between the Caribbean and the EU language, cultural, and commercial has set the stage for increased competition from Europe. The ties with the United States all Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is also negotiating a free contribute to consumers having a trade agreement with Canada. The expansion of the Panama positive attitude toward U.S. Canal, which is expected to be completed in 2014, may also products. pave the way for greater competition from Asia. The regulatory environment at As a member of CARICOM, T&T offers duty-free access to present is fairly open to U.S. other CARICOM-member countries. This has a positive impact products. on the price-appeal of regional goods which can compete with U.S. products in select categories. Proximity is a big plus. US Although T&T is one of the largest markets in the Caribbean, exporters, particularly south Florida individual orders tend to be relatively small and favor mixed consolidators, service the market rather than full container loads. very well and are in many ways better positioned to supply T&T than competitors. SECTION II. ROAD MAP FOR MARKET ENTRY A. Entry Strategy The best method for U.S. suppliers to enter the food service market in T&T is via local importers/distributors that service many HRI accounts. Local importers/distributors have a wide access to the food and beverage markets, possess large warehouse facilities, and carry a large inventory of products. Thus, U.S. suppliers will be able to achieve maximum sales volume by working with local importers. On average, food service operators buy approximately 75-80 percent of their food and beverage products from local importers and the remaining 20-25 percent from local manufacturers and growers. In cases where food service operators need specialty items not carried by local suppliers, they will import those items directly. This is especially true of the larger hotels and restaurant chains, which can import directly up to 25 percent of their needs. Even products that are not of U.S. origin are usually shipped from the United States since U.S. suppliers carry a wide variety of specialty foods. While importers prefer to respond to chefs‟ and food and beverage managers‟ requests, the first step for new product introductions is to have product samples tested in hotels or restaurants. However, importers are always interested in learning about high quality and good value products and take the initiative to introduce products to their customers, given promotional incentives from the supplier. If feasible, traveling to T&T to meet with potential customers and see the market first-hand offers the best results. Local importers and food service representatives also travel to U.S. trade shows such as the National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show in Chicago and the America‟s Food and Beverage (AFB) Show in Miami to meet face-to-face with product representatives. Good follow-up with prospective clients after the trade show is essential in order to develop a successful business relationship. B. Market Structure Product Flow of Imported Products The following chart illustrates the two main ways in which imported U.S. products reach T&T HRI establishments. C. Sub-Sector Profiles 1. Hotels and Resorts Unlike most Caribbean destinations where tourism is the backbone of the economy, tourism in T&T represents only about 10 percent of GDP. Nevertheless, tourism in T&T is a growing industry. Most of T&T‟s 431,000 visitors (2011) can be divided into two groups: The first group is composed of business travelers visiting Trinidad. Many of the hotels in Trinidad cater to the business traveler and host conferences for international businesses and regional organizations. In addition to the year-round influx of business travelers, a large share of Trinidad‟s tourists arrive for Carnival, the biggest Mardi Gras celebration in the Caribbean. Although Carnival is a two-day celebration (just prior to Ash Wednesday), it usually involves daily festivities in the weeks leading up to Carnival itself. The second group is made up of leisure travelers visiting the small island of Tobago. Thus, in Tobago beach resorts and hotels are the norm. Tobago‟s tourism season, like that of other Caribbean islands, is from Thanksgiving to Easter with a small increase for the Tobago Heritage Festival in July. Difficult economic times in Europe, the main source of Tobago‟s international visitors, have diminished tourist activity on the island to some degree. According to T&T‟s Central Statistics Office there are approximately 297 hotels and guest houses in T&T (2010). With the exception of large hotels, which may import up to 25 percent of their food and beverage needs directly, most hotels rely on importers/distributors for most if not all of their needs. The following lists provide information on some of T&T‟s most prominent hotels. Company Profiles Name Location Number Purchasing Agent of Rooms Hyatt Regency Port of Spain, 428 With the exception of large hotels, which may Trinidad Trinidad import up to 25 percent of their food and Hilton Trinidad Port of Spain, 418 beverage needs directly, most hotels rely on & Conference Trinidad importers/distributors for most if not all of their Centre needs. Crowne Plaza Port of Spain, 243 Trinidad Trinidad The Carlton Port of Spain, 157 Savannah Trinidad Courtyard by Port of Spain, 119 Marriott Trinidad Cara Suites Pointe-a-Pierre, 100 Hotel & Trinidad Conference Centre Holiday Inn Trincity, 82 Express Hotel Trinidad & Suites Kapok Hotel St. Clair, 94 Trinidad Cascadia Hotel St. Ann‟s 68 & Conference Valley, Centre Trinidad Royal Hotel San Fernando, 60 Trinidad Crews Inn Chaguaramas 46 Hotel and Bay, Trinidad Yachting Centre Tradewinds San Fernando, 41 Hotel Trinidad * The above list is partial and should not be viewed as complete listing of Trinidad hotels. Name Location Number Purchasing Agent of Rooms Magdalena Tobago 178 With the exception of large hotels which may Grand Beach Plantations import up to 25 percent of their food and Resort Estate, Tobago beverage needs directly, most hotels rely on Coco Reef Scarborough, 135 importers/distributors for most if not all of their Resort & Spa Tobago needs. Mount Irvine Scarborough, 105 Bay Hotel & Tobago Golf Club Blue Haven Scarborough, 55 Hotel Tobago Tropikist Crown Point, 54 Beach Hotel & Tobago Resort Ltd. Blue Waters Batteaux Bay, 38 Inn Tobago * The above list is partial and should not be viewed as complete listing of Tobago hotels. 2. Restaurants Most fine dining is found in the capital city of Port of Spain, Trinidad, and on the island of Tobago. Within the fine dining establishments, most chefs are international, while in the casual eateries most chefs tend to be local. T&T culinary professionals have a superb reputation within the region. In 2011 T&T‟s National Culinary Team captured the Gold Medal for „Caribbean Team of the Year‟ award at the prestigious „Taste of the Caribbean‟ Chef competition. The team has won this distinction numerous times in the past and team members have won numerous individual awards as well. Kentucky Fried Chicken is the largest restaurant chain, followed by Subway and the locally-owned Royal Castle. The majority of restaurants rely on importers/distributors for most of their food supplies and to a lesser extent on local manufacturers and growers. Although percentages may vary depending on several factors, on average restaurants buy approximately 75-80 percent of their food and beverage products from local importers and the remaining 20-25 percent from local producers. In cases where food service operators need specialty items not carried by local suppliers, they may import those items directly. Popular cuisines include the following: Chinese, Caribbean and Creole, Indian, French, Italian, Japanese, Thai, and American. Following is a list of some of T&T‟s most prominent independent restaurants. Name Number of Type Purchasing Agent Outlets, Location Prime 1, Port of Fine dining On average, food service operators buy Spain (Steakhouse) approximately 75-80 percent of their food and Waterfront 1, Port of Fine dining beverage products from local importers and the Restaurant Spain (contemporary remaining 20-25 percent from local Caribbean) manufacturers and growers. In cases where Angelo‟s 1, Port of Fine dining food service operators need specialty items not Italian Spain (Italian) carried by local suppliers, they will import Restaurant those items directly. Chaud 1, Port of Fine dining Restaurant Spain (International, fusion) Chaud 1, Port of Casual (T&T & Creole Spain West Indian) 360 Degrees 1, Port of Fine dining Restaurant Spain (Caribbean, International) Mélange 1, Port of Fine dining Spain (International) Veni Mangé 1, Port of Casual (West Spain Indian) Bois Cano 1, Port of Fine Dining Spain (Asian- Polynesian) Solimar 1, Port of Casual Spain (International) Magdalena 3, Tobago Fine, casual, and Grand waterfront dining (International) Café Havana 1, Tobago Casual (Caribbean, fusion) El Pescador 1, Tobago Beachside Seafood (Seafood) Restaurant The Pasta 1, Tobago Casual (Italian) Gallery The Seahorse 1, Tobago Beachside Casual Inn (Creole, Restaurant & International) Bar * The above list is partial and should not be viewed as complete listing of T&T independent restaurants. Some of T&T‟s chain restaurants are listed below. Name Number of Type Purchasing Agent Outlets, Location KFC 55, Nationwide Fast food On average, food service operators buy Subway 38, Nationwide Fast food approximately 75-80 percent of their food and Royal Castle 27, Nationwide Fast food beverage products from local importers and Church‟s 16, Nationwide Fast food the remaining 20-25 percent from local Chicken manufacturers and growers. In cases where Burger King 11, Trinidad Fast food food service operators need specialty items (island-wide) not carried by local suppliers, they will import Pizza Hut 7, Nationwide Fast food those items directly. Popeye‟s 5, Trinidad (Port of Fast food Louisiana Spain, Trincity, Kitchen Chaguanas, Gulf City, Grand Bazaar) Domino‟s 3, Trinidad Fast food Pizza (Woodbrook, West Moorings, San Fernando) T.G.I. 3, Trinidad (Port of Casual Friday‟s Spain, Chaguanas, dining San Fernando) Ruby 3, Trinidad (Port of Casual Tuesday Spain, Chaguanas, dining Grand Bazaar) Wendy‟s 2, Trinidad (Port of Fast food Spain & Gulf City) Cinnabon 2, Trinidad Fast food (Trincity, San Fernando) Pollo 1, Trinidad (Port of Fast food Tropical Spain) McDonald‟s 1, Trinidad (Port of Fast food Spain) Texas de 1, Trinidad (Port of Steakhouse Brazil Spain) Benihana 1, Trinidad Japanese (Trincity) * The above list is partial and should not be viewed as complete listing of T&T chain restaurants. 3. Institutional In addition to the hotel and restaurant market, institutional catering is an attractive market niche in Trinidad and Tobago. This market segment consists of catering to the petrochemical industry, airlines, yachts, hospitals, schools and prisons. Petrochemical industry: Oil and natural gas operations demand a steady supply of a variety of food products. Local catering businesses in Trinidad provide a full range of services for both land-based and offshore oil and natural gas operations, which include supplying food products and cooking and preparing meals. The majority of the catering companies purchase their products, including imported products, from local importers. However, Classic Caterers, the largest offshore catering service in Trinidad, has its own warehouse facility and also imports food and beverage products directly from U.S. suppliers. The best method to enter this market is via direct contact with the catering companies (sending product literature and samples, and traveling to Trinidad to do product presentations). If interested in a particular product, caterers will contact the particular local importer/distributors from which they purchase imported food and beverage products. Airlines: Allied Caterers Ltd., which is part of a large regional import, distribution, and catering conglomerate (Goddard Enterprises), is T&T‟s sole airline caterer. Allied provides in-flight meals to T&T–based Caribbean Airlines, as well as to several other U.S. and international carriers. The company enjoys using U.S. products because of their consistency and quality. Allied buys U.S. products from local importers and wholesalers and also imports products from U.S. suppliers through Goddard‟s Florida-based buying operations. Yachts: Trinidad and Tobago is just south of the hurricane belt, making the two-island republic an ideal spot for yachters (or „yachtees‟ as they are known locally) to keep their vessels during hurricane season. There are seven marinas and ten ports of entry in the two-island nation. The Chaguaramas Peninsula in Trinidad, and the Ports of Scarborough and Charlotteville on the island of Tobago, are the main areas of yacht development in the two-island nation. Yachters obtain their food provisions by either calling ahead and ordering from a supplier specializing in yacht provisioning, or by purchasing food provisions from local retail outlets strategically located near the main marinas. Unfortunately, the number of yachters visiting T&T in recent years has declined steadily. Among other factors, reported changes in how insurance companies handle the risk of insuring yachts has diminished the need for yachters to anchor their vessels outside the hurricane belt. Hospitals, Schools, and Prisons: The Regional Health Authority (RHA), the School Nutrition Program and the Prisons Division, are the T&T government organizations responsible for purchasing food products for the various district hospitals, schools, and prisons, respectively. Their purchases are primarily focused on buying locally while using importers/wholesalers for all imported products. SECTION III. COMPETITION Source: Global Trade Atlas. At 38 percent, the U.S. share of the T&T market for imported consumer-oriented products dwarfs that of all other competitors. According to U.S. trade data, U.S. exports of both consumer-oriented and seafood categories posted record numbers in 2011, reaching $161.2 and $4.4 million, respectively. Quality products, competitive pricing, and proximity are among the key advantages enjoyed by U.S. suppliers. Nevertheless, U.S. suppliers do face competition in T&T. New Zealand, the number two supplier of imported products, is strong in dairy and lamb. Canada, which ranks third among all suppliers, has a relatively strong presence in many branded products, seafood, potato products and pork. Europe also competes in the market, particularly with branded products and dairy. Competition from foreign countries will likely heat up in coming years. The 2008 trade agreement between the Caribbean and the EU has effectively begun reducing tariffs for a large share of agricultural goods from the EU over the next 25 years (see GAIN report C19001 - Caribbean Signs Trade Accord with EC, 1/22/2009). The Caribbean Community (CARICOM), of which T&T is a member, is also negotiating a free trade agreement with Canada. U.S. suppliers also face competition from within T&T and from neighboring Caribbean islands. As mentioned earlier, T&T has a rather well developed food processing industry and there are a large number of consumer-oriented food and beverage products supplied locally. Barbadian and Jamaican products are also popular in T&T. Local and regional suppliers are often more adept at catering to the unique “Trini” palate, which has influences from a variety of ethnic groups in the market. The following table illustrates the respective country market shares in different product categories: Product Major Supply Strengths of Key Supply Advantages & Category & Sources Countries Disadvantages of Local Total (2010) Suppliers Imports (2010) Snack U.S.: 44.6% In most product categories the With strong cultural Foods U.K.: 18.8% United States is either the leading influences from Asia, ($21.9 Barbados: 5% supplier or one of the top three Africa, Europe, and the million) suppliers. Competitive pricing, Middle East, the “Trini” Breakfast U.S.: 70.4% quality products and proximity are palate is quite unique. Cereals & Mexico: 12.1% some of the key advantages of U.S. Local and regional Pancake U.K.: 5.4% suppliers. Exposure to U.S. media suppliers are often more Mix as well as language, cultural, and adept at catering to ($6.5 commercial ties with the United consumer tastes and million) States all contribute to consumers adapting to preferences of Red Meats, U.S.: 33.8% having a positive attitude toward the many ethnic groups. FR/CH/FZ Australia: 21% U.S. products. ($40.6 New Zealand: million) 17.2% In some of the larger import Red Meats, U.S.: 57.3% categories (red meats and dairy) Prep/Pres Brazil: 23.4% where the United States faces ($18.5 Canada: 12.6% competition from New Zealand, million) Australia, Canada, and Europe, Poultry U.S.: 93.8% competitive pricing is a key factor. Meat Canada: 4.9% ($17.6 U.K.: 1.1% million) Dairy New Zealand: Products 40.2% ($74.5 Ireland: 19.7% million) U.S.: 13.6% Eggs & U.S.: 87.5% Products France: 8.3% ($12.7 Canada: 3.0% million) Fresh Fruit U.S.: 59.6% ($12.7 St. Vincent & million) the Grenadines: 12.6% St. Lucia: 9.8% Fresh Netherlands.: Vegetables 29.9% ($28.7 China: 24.6% million) U.S.: 22.7% Processed U.S.: 31.9% Fruit & Netherlands: Veg. 15.0% ($39.1 Canada: 10.9% million) Fruit & U.S.: 47.9% Vegetable Belize: 29.1% Juices Thailand: 4.3% ($17.6 million) Tree Nuts U.S.: 40% ($5.4 India: 39.2% million) Vietnam: 15.7% Wine & St. Lucia: Beer 39.9% ($7.9 France: 13.4% million) Jamaica:10.6% Fish & Canada: 33.8% Seafood U.S.: 14.1% ($27.9 Thailand: million) 13.9% Source: Trade data from Global Trade Atlas. SECTION IV. BEST PRODUCT PROSPECTS Products Present in the Market Which Have Good Sales Potential Market opportunities exist for virtually all high-value, consumer-oriented foods/beverages and seafood products in T&T. Some of the most prominent growth categories are listed below. It should be noted that local manufacturers are reportedly lobbying for higher import duties for select poultry products, pork, and ice cream. Duties for most poultry and pork products could increase from 40 percent to 80 percent and duties for ice cream could increase from 20 percent to 60 percent. Until such increases take place (which is not a certainty), export opportunities for these and practically all other product categories remains strong. 5-Yr. Avg. Imports Annual Import Key (2010, Import Tariff Constraints Market Product Market millions Growth Rate Over Market Attractiveness Category Size of US$) (%) (%) 1/ Development for USA Breakfast n/a 6.5 9.3 0-20 Some local and T&T possesses Cereals & regional one of the Pancake competition strongest Mix economies in the Red Meats n/a 40.6 13.2 0-40 Possible Caribbean. Per FR/CH/FZ increase in pork capita income Red Meats n/a 18.5 18.0 0-20 duties; and disposable Prep/Pres CARICOM income are FTA with relatively high. Canada could undermine U.S. The United meat sales, States has particularly for experienced pork Record-setting Poultry n/a 17.6 36.2 0-40 Local growth in its Meat competition, consumer- impending oriented and fish increase in product exports poultry duties to T&T in recent Dairy n/a 74.5 8.8 0-40 Strong years. Products competition from New T&T consumers Zealand for have a strong commodity preference for cheese; some U.S. Products. local and The United regional States is the competition; leading supplier possible in practically all increase in ice major product cream duties categories. Fresh Fruit n/a 12.7 11.0 15-40 n/a Fresh n/a 28.7 5.7 0-40 n/a Vegetables 1/ - Refers to CARICOM‟s Common External Tariff (CET), which is applied by Trinidad and Tobago. Exemptions may apply to specific tariff lines, meaning that rates other than the CARICOM CET may be applied for select products. For definitive information on actual applied rates, it is recommended that U.S. exporters contact Trinidad and Tobago‟s Customs and Excise Division (see Section V for contact information). Source: Trade data from Global Trade Atlas. Products Not Present in Significant Quantities but that Have Good Sales Potential • Healthy food products (i.e. low-fat foods, granola bars, organic products) • Herbal products (i.e. tea) • Non-Caribbean & specialty produce (i.e. raspberries, strawberries, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, artichokes) • Pickled products • Ethnic food products and ingredients, particularly Halal products and sauces/condiments for Indian cuisine. Products Not Present Because They Face Significant Barriers n/a SECTION V. POST CONTACT AND FURTHER INFORMATION A. FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Caribbean Basin Agricultural Trade Office (CBATO) Foreign Agricultural Service U.S. Department of Agriculture 909 SE 1st. Ave., Suite 720 Miami, FL 33131 Tel: (305) 536-5300 Fax: (305) 536-7577 E-mail: Website: Katherine Nishiura Director Mark Ford Deputy Director Omar Gonzalez Agricultural Marketing Specialist Graciela Juelle Agricultural Marketing Assistant B. OTHER U.S. GOVERNMENT SOURCES: Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), USDA This site provides extensive information on FAS programs and services, trade statistics, market research, trade shows and events, and much more. U.S. Department of State This site provides valuable information on travel & business in foreign countries, information on U.S. Embassies and Consulates around the world, and country background notes. Central Intelligence Agency The CIA‟s on-line World Factbook provides useful and up-to-date guides for practically every country in the world. More information on marketing U.S. products and services is available in the Country Commercial Guide for T&T. C. NON-U.S. GOVERNMENT SOURCES: Trinidad Hotels, Restaurants & Tourism Association c/o Trinidad & Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute Airway Road Chaguaramas, Trinidad, West Indies Tel: (868) 634-1174/75 Fax: (868) 634-1176 E-Mail: For information on import duties, contact: Research & Policy Unit Customs & Excise Division Ministry of Finance Nicholas Court, Abercromby Street Port of Spain, Trinidad Tel: 1 (868) 625-3311 to 19 ext. 260 Fax: 1 (868) 623-8557 E-mail: D. LINKS TO OTHER USEFUL REPORTS: Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards (FAIRS) - T&T Country Report 0Regulations%20and%20Standards%20- %20Narrative_Miami%20ATO_Trinidad%20and%20Tobago_12-28-2011.pdf Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards (FAIRS) - T&T Export Certificate Report 0Regulations%20and%20Standards%20- %20Certification_Miami%20ATO_Trinidad%20and%20Tobago_12-28-2011.pdf Exporter Guide – Caribbean Basin ean%20Basin_12-27-2011.pdf
Posted: 13 May 2012