Message from the Ambassador
Greetings from Port-au-Prince, where the U.S. Embassy is fully committed to assisting American companies wishing to do business in Haiti. A Commercial Service Partner Post since 2011, the Embassy provides the full range of support for U.S. companies including Gold Key Service, International Partner Search, and Contact Lists, among others. While Haiti’s business environment remains challenging, many U.S. exporters are taking advantage of solid growth as Haiti rebuilds and develops following the 2010 earthquake. We look forward to helping your firm identify opportunities in Haiti and gain a foothold in this market.
Ambassador Pamela A. White
About the Economic and Commercial Section
The Embassy's Economic and Commercial section (ECON/COMM) manages the full range of economic issues between the United States and Haiti, encouraging macroeconomic stability and sound policies that lead to economic growth and poverty reduction. On the commercial side, the section promotes U.S. exports and assists and advocates on behalf of U.S. businesses in Haiti, working closely with the American Chamber of Commerce in Haiti and the U.S. Commercial Service Caribbean Regional Office, located in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. ECON/COMM works actively with companies interested in taking advantage of the U.S. government’s HELP and HOPE acts to invest in Haiti’s manufacturing/assembly sector.
For U.S. Companies:
The U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince is now a Partner Post of the U.S. Commercial Service, providing quality services to U.S. companies interested in doing business in Haiti. In conjunction with the U.S. Commercial Service, the Embassy:
- Gold Key Services
- Trade Missions
- Trade Leads
- Single Company Promotions
- International Company Profile Reports
- International Partner Search
- Contact Lists
U.S. companies can find more information on the export.gov website, at Doing Business in Haiti: 2013 Country Commercial Guide for U.S. Companies (PDF 741 KB) and at Haiti Investment Climate (PDF 160 KB).
For Haitian Businesses:
For businesses in Haiti interested in exporting to the U.S. or partnering with U.S. companies, the embassy provides a variety of services as well:
Haitian businesses can contact us at email@example.com for more details on resources and opportunities.
Upcoming Events in Haiti:
International conferences in Haiti are often announced at the last minute. Please check this space for frequent updates.
Learn about franchising opportunities in Haiti!
- Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
- Hotel Best Western
- $25 for AmCham Members/ $45 for Non-Members
The U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, the U.S. Commercial Service, and the American Chamber of Commerce in Haiti invite local businesses to attend a seminar on franchising opportunities. Expert speakers will discuss the franchising business, opportunities for Haitian investors to partner with American franchises, relevant Haitian legal considerations, and more. The main speaker for the seminar will be William Le Sante, and expert in franchising who has spoken previously about franchising in the Dominican Republic, Panama, El Salvador, Chile, Peru, Brazil, and Trinidad & Tobago.
You will learn about:
1) The Concept of a Franchise
2) Advantages and Disadvantages of a Franchise
3) Financing Opportunities for YOU, the Franchisee
4) Understanding the Legal Framework of a Franchise
Upcoming Events in United States:
Please visit the International Buyer Program 2013 Trade Show Schedule (PDF 897 KB) published by the U.S. Commerical Service.
Haitian firms wishing to attend U.S. events as part of a Caribbean delegation should contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support for US Businesses in Haiti
- OPIC provides loans, insurance, and other support for American businesses in emerging markets like Haiti. Visit OPIC's website for more information.
Exporting to Haiti?
- Whether you are new to international sales, trying to enter a new market, or looking to expand your business in a specific market, export.gov has resources to help.
Overseas Taxpayers: FATCA
The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) provisions of the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act of 2010 (HIRE Act) were enacted on March 18, 2010, in order to address concerns with offshore tax evasion. FATCA generally requires a foreign financial institution (FFI) to enter into an agreement with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to report information about certain accounts held by U.S. persons or foreign entities owned by U.S. persons. An FFI that does not enter into an agreement with the IRS will be subject to a 30 percent withholding tax on certain payments, including U.S. source interest and dividends, and gross proceeds from sales of U.S. securities.
The Treasury Department's FATCA page includes copies of the final, signed FATCA agreements as well as the three model FATCA agreements.
The IRS FATCA page contains information for both foreign financial institutions and U.S. taxpayers
On April 17-18, 2013 in Port-au-Prince, the American Chamber of Commerce in Haiti hosted a public forum on FATCA for U.S. taxpayers and Haitian financial institutions. Please visit AmCham Haiti's website for more information.
Contact the Commercial Section
U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince
Open Monday - Friday
7:00 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.
Email Address: email@example.com
Route de Tabarre
Mailing Address in Haiti:
P.O. Box 1634
Mailing Address from Abroad:
Department of State
Washington, DC 20521-3400
Section Chief: Peter Higgins
Economic/Commercial Officer: Skye Justice
Commercial Specialist: Jean-Marie Gabriel
Economic/Labor Officer: Andrea Arcila
Economic Specialist: Christine Musset
Office Management Specialist: Collette Kubota
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