Located in the Southern part of the Caribbean Sea, Curaçao is an ideal vantage point for exploring new grounds. Of course you can’t set off on wild-goose chase and plant your business just anywhere, simply because the location is great. Starting a new venture in a new destination means investment of time and resources, which you want to use wisely.
As part of the Dutch Kingdom, Curaçao is a reliable choice. It has a robust banking system and a Dutch judicial system with the possibility to litigate in European Courts, should the need arise. The population is multilingual and well educated and the island basically has all the provisions you would expect from a large metropolis, but in a relaxed yet sophisticated Caribbean atmosphere.
So, reaching new markets… sounds great! But what is the deal really?
How do you know you actually will?
Of course, when broadening your horizons, a lot depends on the type of business you are in, and not just on your location. Curaçao and Curinde have really thought this through and created the right conditions to target new markets for different types of businesses.
To companies in manufacturing and wholesale, among other things, Curaçao offers easy access to multiple markets; favorable air and sea connections to most major destinations; and the possibility to ship in less than container load (LCL) to close-by regional markets. While the latter two are both very attractive advantages, it is particularly the first one that makes Curaçao a sure bet.
Here is why:
- Latin-American and Caribbean companies enjoy favorable access to US markets, through the Caribbean Basin Initiative*, as well as to European markets, under the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) agreement**.
- For those seeking to enter the Caribbean markets: Curaçao is an ideal place to use as single point of distribution for the entire Caribbean, with easy access to a potential market of over 100 million consumers.
Not all branches have the same needs, though.
If you are in the business of maintenance and repair, physical accessibility to your facility is much more important. You don’t distribute products to faraway markets; you provide a service that is used on the spot. So you will be most interested in the fact that our two Free (Economic) Zones are located adjacent to the international airport and in the seaport, boasting all the facilities necessary to service ships crossing an interesting shipping route.
But perhaps your greatest edge of all in any type of business, is that Curinde is here to help you reach these new markets faster.
People will know where to find you
First and foremost, Curinde actively and assertively promotes its Free (Economic) Zones as the ‘Boutique of the Caribbean’, where consumers will find a wide range of quality products in fashion, lifestyle, general goods and things specially tailored to the taste of the region.
We keep you ahead of the game
You will arrive in a state-of-the-art, secured and ready-to-use facility, so you can start your business immediately and operate smoothly from day 1.
Your products are protected
The law in Curaçao prohibits trade in counterfeit goods. Curinde is a member of the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition (IACC,) and provides an environment where respect for intellectual property is enforced.
In addition to these perks, there are many other advantages to operating in Curinde’s Free (Economic) Zones. Needless to say, we also provide you with professional guidance in establishing your company in Curaçao and everything else that is involved.
Contact us today to find out more about all the other benefits and incentives we offer.
A complete guide to the Caribbean Basin Initiative and the OTC Decision can be found here: