TEPA Newsletter- December 2016

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Fostering Key Business Success

For entrepreneurs and business owners, more often than not, financing proves the difference between business idea and business reality; business success and business closure. Indeed, “access to finance and poor management of finances… Read More…[/column]

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Igniting The Digital Fire

“Ignite the Digital Fire in exporters and manufacturers” was the charge heralded by Trade Export Promotion Agency (TEPA) Information Officer, Mr Glenfield Gilbert to speakers and presenters at last month’s Digital Marketing Symposium…  Read More…[/column]


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Promoting Small Business Growth

The Saint Lucian Government’s National Trade Export and Promotion Agency, TEPA is the lead agency mandated to spearhead the island’s National Export Development Effort. TEPA’s overall objective centers on its aim to increase aggregate volume and… Read More… [/column]

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Discounts at Specialty Caribbean EXPO Open House

Without doubt, exhibition at trade show is an ideal way for exporters, entrepreneurs, manufactures and business owners to establish visibility, presence and credibility with hundreds of international buyers who are interested in new products… Read More… [/column]

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Upcoming Events

Specialty Caribbean Expo 2017

Specialty Caribbean Expo will run for four days from March 9-12, 2017, at the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia. Through this show, patrons will appreciate the quality of the range of products and services being showcased by existing and potential exporters in both the domestic and international markets. Additionally, the event will serve as a platform for networking, solutions and transaction exchanges with OECS and Martinique business/exporters.























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ASK Anthony

What are Sanitary and Phytosanitary measures? Does the SPS Agreement cover countries’ measures to protect the environment? Consumer interests? Animal welfare?

For the purposes of the SPS Agreement, Sanitary and Phytosanitary measures are defined as any measures applied:

  • to protect human or animal life from risks arising from additives, contaminants, toxins or disease-causing organisms in their food;
  • to protect human life from plant- or animal-carried diseases;
  • to protect animal or plant life from pests, diseases, or disease-causing organisms;
  • to prevent or limit other damage to a country from the entry, establishment or spread of pests

These include sanitary and phytosanitary measures taken to protect the health of fish and wild fauna, as well as of forests and wild flora.

Measures for environmental protection (other than as defined above), to protect consumer interests, or for the welfare of animals are not covered by the SPS Agreement. These concerns, however, are addressed by other WTO agreements (i.e. the TBT Agreement or Article XX of GATT 1994).


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  • The phrase “Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT)” refers to the use of the domestic regulatory process as a means of protecting domestic producers.

The Technical Barrier to Trade (TBT) Agreement seeks to assure that Mandatory product regulation; Voluntary product standards; and Conformity assessment procedures do not become unnecessary obstacles to international trade and are not employed to obstruct trade.

  • The Food (Export) Health Certificate is issued to traders, to certify a food consignment as fit for human consumption, and meeting safety standards or other required criteria to facilitate the export of this food consignment. This certificate is only issued for food consignments manufactured or processed or packed in a food processing establishment.


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