External Trade is one of the EU’s core mandates. The EU, with its 28 Member States, is a major importer and exporter from and to all over the world, accounting for 19% of the world’s import and exports.
The aim is to shape a trade environment that is good for people and for business. In the field of external trade the EU, more specifically the Directorate General of the European Union for Trade, has a full agenda: negotiating bilateral and multilateral trade agreements, ensuring that the rules agreed upon are actually applied, and working closely with the WTO and other multilateral institutions.
An important agreement concerning trade relations between the EU and Trinidad and Tobago is the Economic Partnership Agreement
All areas of activity are covered, from manufactured goods to services, intellectual property and investment. We ensure that our businesses can operate fairly in the EU and across the world and are ready to make full use of our powers to tackle unfair competition and dumping. The Export Helpdesk is an online service that gives practical guidance for importing or exporting to the EU.
The TradeCom Programme was established to provide and coordinate trade-related technical assistance to ACP countries. It aims at consolidating, and even creating, where absent, the necessary capacity that would enable ACP countries to craft trade policies with a view to achieving sustainable development, poverty reduction and successful integration into the global trading system. The Programme therefore intends to develop capacity within the ACP countries and regions and to provide intellectual expertise to help them to devise their own development-oriented trade policies, to implement existing trade agreements, and to formulate effective negotiation strategies on trade matters.