Generalizes on the best strategy to enter the market, e.g., visiting the country; importance of relationships to finding a good partner; use of agents.

To start a new business, American investors can establish a Belizean limited liability company under Chapter 250 of the Laws of Belize.  To set up a new company or to own shares in a Belizean company, non-Belizean citizens must seek permission from the Central Bank of Belize.  After forming a company, trade licenses must be acquired from the local city or municipal town council.

A potential way for American exporters to penetrate the Belize market is to seek a local importer/wholesaler to act as an agent/distributor in Belize.  A typical distribution chain for an American-made product involves the U.S. manufacturer or distributor, the local importer or wholesaler (who may act as the distributor), the retailer, and finally the buyer/consumer.

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