Why Invest In Curaçao
The Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao is strategically located in the Southern Caribbean between the Americas.
Curaçao has a long tradition as a Service Center for International Business, Trade & Distribution. Its safe location outside of the hurricane belt makes it an excellent distribution center.
This is supported by a well-developed harbor including a natural deep sea port, container terminal and dry dock with multiple connections from/to the Caribbean region as well as from/to South, Central and North America and the European Union.
Preferential Market Access
Curaçao is one of the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT). As a result, nationals of Curaçao are citizens of the European Union, even though it does not form part of the European Union. Based on the status of OCT territory, Curaçao benefits from the special association with the EU in the sense that products that originate in Curaçao have preferential access to the EU. These products are exempt from import duty.
The Caribbean Basin Initiative is a unilateral United States program initiated by the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA) and later expanded by the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA). The aim of the CBI is to provide tariff and trade benefits to Caribbean and Central American countries.
Curaçao is one of the beneficiaries of the CBI and as a result eligible products originating in Curaçao can be imported tax free into the U.S. if at least 35% has been added to the value of these products in Curaçao.
Curaçao has an international airport with excellent air connections from to the Caribbean region as well as from/to South, Central, North America and the European Union. The Airport serves as a hub for regional and international transport with major airlines including, American Airlines, Jet Blue, KLM Royal Dutch Airlnes, Air BERLIN, Avianca, Copa Airlines, Insel Air and more.
The island has a state of the art Information and Communication Technology (ICT) connectivity, including a Tier IV datacenter, with the rest of the world and with its several direct satellite and 5 submarine optic fiber cables it is one of the countries with the highest Internet speed and reliability in the Western Hemisphere to set the tone for Curaçao to spread its wings toward further development of this Global ICT and data service sector.
Curaçao’s multi-cultural and multi-lingual society and its highly skilled workforce facilitate the ease to understand and communicate business with the rest of the world. The island enjoys of a High standard of education, based on the Dutch educational system. Each graduate from secondary school is proficient in at least three official languages: English, Dutch and Spanish.
The independent and high-quality judicial system forms an integral part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, which guarantees independent court proceedings and rules.