TEPA has a brand new website! This website is attractive, clean and user friendly. Overall it has been designed to be a one-stop-shop for persons who need information on Saint Lucian exports, exporters and services available through TEPA.
The website houses many of the information products of TEPA’s Trade Information System (TIS). The TIS is a body of hardware, software and human resource geared towards delivering information on trade, primarily to exporters –enabling them to make sound business/trade decisions; importers-assisting them with finding goods and services available in Saint Lucia. The system is strongly research based and TEPA will be on a drive to educate people on the proper use of the website and the information products.
In this edition we introduce you to “Country Profile” and “Market Access”
Country Profile – Before exporting, it is absolutely essential that you undertake some form of market research. This is critical in the decision making process as it will indicate whether it is be feasible or beneficial to pursue the coveted market. Country Profiles provide information on economics, geography, population, religion, politics, and many other areas relevant to exporters.
Market Access – Selling products into foreign markets requires compliance to a series of tariff and non-tariff measures. Sometimes it takes matching the expectations of buyers in compliance with certain private standards.
On request, TEPA provides comprehensive information on market access requirements for national products into several target markets. Having this knowledge will help one understand compliance with various market specifications and demands for exports.