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Overview of Import and Export Regulations in Bolivia

Overview of Import and Export Regulations in Bolivia

When your business expands, you may consider importing and exporting goods as the next step. Bolivia is a resource rich country, benefitting from its geographical location within the Andean Community. Its gross domestic product (GDP) was US$39 billion in 2019 according to the World Bank. Before expanding, understanding import and export regulations in Bolivia is necessary to ensure legal compliance and positive economic returns. Bolivia’s economy has been growing in the last few years, mainly due to its exports of commodities such as natural gas, silver, zinc and soy. Another important sector is the manufacturing industry which corresponds to 14-15% of Bolivia’s gross domestic product annually. Imports and exports in Bolivia Bolivia has signed regional, sub-regional and bilateral trade agreements with the goal of opening the country to foreign investors. These agreements create new and favourable regional import and export regulations for Bolivia, making it more investor friendly. Bolivia's exports represent 26% of its GDP and imports represent 31.1%. This legal framework sparks the interest of new investors to Bolivia, a country with manageable risk levels. According to the World Integrated Trade Solution, Bolivia's openness to foreign trade generates export volumes that represent 26% of its GDP and imports representing 31.1% of its GDP. Major Bolivian exports are petroleum gas and other gaseous hydrocarbons (US$2.59 billion); zinc ores and concentrates (US$1.34 billion); gold, including gold plated with platinum, in bulk, semi-manufactured or in powdered form (US$1.04...

Top Sectors for Business Between Canada and Mexico

Top Sectors for Business Between Canada and Mexico

Business opportunities between Canada and Mexico are often overshadowed by trade with the United States. Despite this, according to the World Integrated Trade Solution, Mexico is Canada’s fifth-largest trading partner. Mexico also has the eleventh-largest economy in the world with a population of almost 300 million. Business between Canada and Mexico has strengthened since creating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in 1994. NAFTA is a free trade region between Canada, Mexico and the United States.  We outline top sectors and opportunities for business between Canada and Mexico. Trade and business between Canada and Mexico According to the World Integrated Trade Solution, Mexico is Canada’s fifth-largest trading partner. There are two major trade agreements that have created stronger economic ties between Canada and Mexico. The Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA, also known as T-MEC or USMCA) and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) provide Canada and Mexico with preferential access to each other’s markets. The best sectors for business between Canada and Mexico have the highest growth potential, policy openness and leverage Canadian strengths. Top sectors include:  AerospaceMiningOil & gasAgriculture, food and beverages Aerospace In this sector, business between Canada and Mexico initiated in 2004 with the establishment of the Canadian aerospace company, Bombardier, in Mexico. This later sparked international interest towards the potential in the aerospace sector in Mexico. Since then, the...

Benefits of Doing Business in the Dominican Republic

Benefits of Doing Business in the Dominican Republic

The benefits of doing business in the Dominican Republic attract prospective businesses from all over the world. The country is located in the heart of the Caribbean, in the Hispaniola island, where Eastern and Western values meet. It creates an ideal climate for business development.  As a country with a unique culture, history, and business climate, the Dominican Republic has a lot to offer. As part of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), and other treaties with North America and the European Union, the country has opened its market to foreign businesses and new development opportunities. The Dominican Republic receives one of the largest pools of European funding for infrastructure and development which shows great potential for facilitating future business. Find out the benefits of doing business in the Dominican Republic, and why you should consider expanding to the developing Caribbean region. Doing business in the Dominican Republic: strategic geographical location Located on the crossroads between Eastern and Western Caribbean, the Dominican Republic is a trade link between the large markets of Central, South, and North America for trade and transport. The country shares only the border with Haiti, is close to US hub Miami and developing Central American economies, offering wide trade opportunities. The Dominican Republic also benefits from a free flow of goods and services as a member of CARICOM and DR-CAFTA. The CARICOM is made up of 15 Member countries and an additional 5 Associate Members based in the...

Incentives for Business Between Paraguay and Argentina

Incentives for Business Between Paraguay and Argentina

Like many other Latin American countries, business between Paraguay and Argentina is built upon a foundation of trade agreements and treaties to strengthen economies and regional integration, and provide new investment opportunities to those interested in entering these markets. Paraguay and Argentina have a historically fruitful bilateral relationship with a common goal: bilateral cooperation and the exchange of products and human resources. Paraguay with an emerging economy and a stable political environment has been becoming an attractive economy for investors. Argentina, considered as one of the most important economies in Latin America, constitutes an attractive focus to invest for both local and foreign companies. We outline a general summary of some of the most important trade agreements and agreements between Paraguay and Argentina in order to highlight the commercial opportunities offered by the two countries in the region. Agreements promoting business between Paraguay and Argentina The Yacyreta treaty responded to the world oil crisis by encouraging Paraguay and Argentina to seek a solution for energy supply. Yacyreta Treaty The Yacyreta treaty, signed in 1973, responded to the world oil crisis by encouraging Paraguay and Argentina to seek a mutually beneficial solution for energy supply. The objective of the treaty is to manage “The hydroelectric use of the Paraná River, the improvement of navigable conditions and the mitigation of the environmental effects generated by the Project”. As a result of this agreement, the Yacyreta Bilateral Entity was created....

Overview of the Dominican Republic’s Free Trade Agreements

Overview of the Dominican Republic’s Free Trade Agreements

The Dominican Republic is member of numerous free trade agreements. In addition, the country has established more than 50 free trade zones, the “Zonas Francas”. More than 500 companies are still operating actively in these zones, taking advantage of various tax exemption for 15 years. As the country's economy mainly depends on exports, the country primarily designated these zones for export production. Approximately half of the companies engage in textile and clothing production for the US market. Furthermore, the Dominican Republic produces agricultural products, in particular sugar. The Dominican Republic has more than 50 free trade zones, the “Zonas Francas,” where 500 companies are utilizing tax exemptions to support exports. The Dominican Republic was, for a long period, one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. Since 1992, the country has shown economic growth of over 5% per year. After 2001, economic growth has slowed as a result of the recession in the US, high oil prices, and falling prices for its export products. In 2018, the share of the various sectors in the gross national product was as follows: agriculture and fisheries 5.15%, industry 28.81%, trade, transport, finance, communication and other services 58.63%. However, economic growth has recently stagnated due to the credit crisis. In the years 2010 to 2013, the economy grew by an average of 2%. In 2017, growth is around 5%. Tourism and free trade zones generate the most income. The average GDP per capita in 2018 is USD 7750.93 per year. We give an overview of the Dominican Republic free trade...

5 Tips for US Companies Doing Business in Guatemala

5 Tips for US Companies Doing Business in Guatemala

Find out benefits and opportunities for US Companies Doing Business in Guatemala. Guatemala's size and economic potential offers one of the best options for business expansion into Central America. Guatemala is the third-largest country in Central America, with just over 17 million inhabitants. Its main location for commercial activity is Guatemala City. The official currency of Guatemala is the Quetzal, and its strength offers a significant advantage when expanding into the country from abroad. It is important to have the option of diversifying investments and sources of income, and Guatemala offers key advantages to business. As a US company doing business in Guatemala, use these 5 tips to optimize your experience and achieve long term success. Around 70% of the population in the country is under 30 years old and in the last decades, the number of English speakers has increased significantly. 1. Find talented staff Guatemala is rich in cultural history and custom. The country's workforce is well-educated and open to new opportunities. The government holds a positive predisposition to collaborate with foreign businesses. In addition, it is important to take into account that a large proportion of Guatemalan nationals manage a fluent level of English. Around 70% of the population in the country is under 30 years old and in the last decades, the level of people speaking English has increased significantly. When hiring in Guatemala, rest assured in the availability of enthusiastic, qualified staff. Foreign employers who are not familiar with the local employment regulations...

Could Mexico’s Manufacturing Sector Overshadow China’s?

Could Mexico’s Manufacturing Sector Overshadow China’s?

Find out how Mexico's manufacturing sector offers the right benefits and a favorable business environment for expanding companies and those seeking cost-effective manufacturing components. Prior to the current global contingency planning caused by COVID-19, Mexico was already a well-known, strong performer in manufacturing. The country offers certain advantages and tax benefits and simplification of processes in some government procedures. While China and the US remain entangled in trade disputes - and as both countries grapple with COVID-19 issues - Mexico proves itself as a key alternative supplier of manufacturing goods to the rest of the world.  Factors boosting Mexico’s manufacturing sector Mexico's manufacturing sector has great potential and is more attractive at this time due to 2 main factors: The USMCA (United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement) Moving manufacturing to Mexico will create more job opportunites in the country. This recently signed USMCA agreement will most likely come into effect during the course of this year. The USMCA is set to benefit Mexico's manufacturing sector due to the interest that both Canada and the United States have in engaging with those industries. This can lead to higher profits, reduced time and lower risks. Mexico's proximity to the US compared to China's also gives the sector an extra competitive edge. Another factor that makes Canada and the United States especially interested in establishing their factories in Mexico, and further develop Mexico’s manufacturing sector, is that it can trigger job creation in Mexico. This can lead...

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