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Latin America and Caribbean Export Primers

The past decade witnessed an explosion in global trade in both agricultural and non-agricultural products. This expanded trade was given considerable impetus by progress in both regional and global trade policy agreements, as well as increasingly integrated capital markets. Information technology also facilitated the entrance of many new participants in international commerce. With the advent of the Web, the virtual size of the world has dramatically declined as vast information is now readily available at low cost and in real time.

There is a great deal of information available on the Web to assist businesses in finding export opportunities and developing international business relationships. One of the most comprehensive sources are the Country Commercial Guides (CCGs) published annually by the U.S. Department of Commerce. These guides, which are available to U.S. companies, students and researchers via free registration , provide extensive and detailed information on a range of topics and issues critical to successfully developing export markets. However, the detail in these reports render them extremely long and often difficult to download unless one has access to a high-speed modem. This site provides abridged versions of the CCGs to provide those interested in pursuing export opportunities the ability to overview a given country's market potential through concise documents that are brief and easy to download. These Export Primers also provide information additional to that provided in the CCGs of direct relevance to agribusiness interests as well as links to many key international trade resources. Also includes for each country is a link to its country profile in the CIA 2001 World Factbook.

All of the Export Primers are provided in Portable Document Format (PDF). To view or download these documents, users must download and install Acrobat Reader.

Additional resources on for businesses seeking to enter export markets may be found at Web Resources for Exporters, maintained by the Center for Agribusiness located in the Food and Resource Economics Department at the University of Florida.


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