Trinidad and Tobago - Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards

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Trinidad and Tobago is fairly receptive to imports of U.S. agricultural products. Initially, the level of scrutiny and checks on imported products can be quite intense. However, once the importer can demonstrate a successful track record of compliance, the import flow becomes much smoother. Enforcement of labeling requirements is carried out mostly at the port of entry but routine and random checks at the retail and wholesale levels are also conducted. The government prefers to review new-to-market items before allowing entry. Laboratory testing, at the government’s discretion, may be required for new products. In such cases, products are usually detained until laboratory results become available. In general, Trinidad and Tobago follows internationally accepted food standards and may also refer to Canadian, U.S., and European standards as well.

Omar Gonzalez