Includes the barriers (tariff and non-tariff) that U.S. companies face when exporting to this country.

In addition to the tariff barriers listed above, the Government also utilizes an Import Licensing Regime to protect the domestic market.

The Belize Bureau of Standards encompasses the Supplies Control Unit, which has responsibility for Belize’s import licensing regime.  The process of applying for an import license is now fully automated. After registering for the first time with the Supplies Control Unit, applications can be submitted online. The process has greatly reduced transaction costs, and improved efficiency and timeliness.

In order to protect certain domestic industries, the government maintains a list of products that require import licenses.  This list includes live animals, meat and edible offal, dairy produce, edible vegetables, certain roots and tubers, edible fruits, cereals, flour, oil seeds, sugar, beverage spirits and vinegar, prepared animal fodder, mineral fuels, oil and oil products, bituminous substances, mineral waxes, wood and wood articles.  For more information, visit Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS) at


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Belize Trade Barriers