Curaçao’s strength lies in its location at the crossroads of important trade routes and proximity to attractive markets. Curaçao can provide a good complement (connection) to U.S. or European companies with operations in South America and the Caribbean Basin, as a regional warehousing/ distribution center, or for distribution through intermediaries. Under intermediary arrangements, Curaçao trading companies manage the product for the investor in the region. Companies either operate in the economic zone to service export markets or in the World Trade Center to promote their goods and services to the U.S., Europe and other parts of the world.
The Curaçao Free Economic Zone
Curaçao has several economic zones. Two of them, one at the harbor and one next to the airport, offer opportunities for sales, warehousing, distribution, assembly, manufacturing as well as technical services. Land in the economic zone can be leased on a long-term basis, and showrooms and storage area for warehouses can be obtained at competitive prices. Companies operating in an Economic Zone are exempt from customs duties and turnover tax. Goods sold or services rendered to the domestic market from the economic zone, however, are subject to the normal profit tax rate.