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International Trade

Aruba’s economy has a small and open economy with limited manufacturing. The island trades with partners for a broad spectrum of merchandise. Imports increase gradually. Exports are very low, representing an average of 3.0% of the import value. Besides the major trading partners such as the USA, the Netherlands and Venezuela, trade is performed with countries globally.

Exporting to Aruba
  1. Import duty and Excise: The median value of import duties is 12%. The primary necessities of life fall in the category of 0% and 12%. Luxury goods are subjected to higher import duties. Aruba permits duty-free entry of raw materials for manufacturing industries. Alcohol and alcoholic beverages, tobacco and products thereof and products of mineral oils are subjected to excise duty. For more information on import duty and excise duty contact: Inspectie der Invoerrecten en Accijnzen. Phone: +297 5821800, Fax: +297 5837164, E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
  2. Aruba has no import restriction, except for fresh chicken’s eggs, which depends on the local supply.
  3. Licensing: Items like medicines, narcotics, chemicals, explosives and pyrotechnics are subject to licensing controls. Pharmaceuticals must be registered with the Inspectorate of Health and Environment (Inspectie Volksgezondheid en Milieu) in order to be imported into the Aruban market or into the free zones. The Inspectorate of Health and Environment can be contacted at phone: + 297 5841199, fax + 297 5849143. In addition, licensing at customs clearance is required for certain goods. The Department of Economic Affairs, Commerce and Industry is in charge with the issuing of import licenses.
  4. Health Certificate: Certain live animals may not be imported, depending on the country of origin. Import of meat and meat products must be accompanied by the competent authorities in the country of origin. Since 2002 Aruba passed a law which only allows import of meat and meat products from:  1) Member States of European Union,  2) The United Sates of America,  3) Third countries, i.e. countries other than the USA or countries from the EU, can only export to Aruba when they are either:  a)  Countries approved by the USA for export to the USA or  b) Countries approved by the EU for export to the EU.  Note: The approval of countries and slaughterhouses is a long process in which legislation and its implementation, veterinairy infrastructure, desease status and manufacturing practices are evaluated. As Aruba is a small country with limited resources it has adopted the policy of following the risk analysis by respected sources that are both trustworthy and transparent in order to guarantee the local consumer with safe meat and meat products. Meat and meat products, must be inspected prior to entry. The Aruban Veterinary Service should be contacted prior to shipment of live animals, meat and meat products. Phone: +297 5850400, fax: +297 5851828, e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  
  5. Export to Aruba should take place by means of an Aruban importer/distributor. More information on this can be obtained at the Aruba Chamber of Commerce. Phone: +297 5821566, fax: +297 5833962, e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  . For more information contact e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  

 

IMPORT and EXPORT DATA

Following are tables with import and export figures for Aruba. These import and export figures are excluding mineral fuels and excluding the trade activities by Freezone of Aruba. 


  Imports (CIF; excluding mineral fuels)

(X Af million)2010 2011 2012 2013 

Live animals and other animal products

133.7 148.5 152.1 156.2
Vegetable products  69.9 75.9 78.5   87.6
Fats and oils    7.9 9.9 10.3   10.5
Food products219.1 225.4 240.9 243.2
Mineral products140.9 194.5 198.0 195.6
Chemical products179.7 208.2 193.8 180.2
Artificial plastic elements  51.1 63 61.8   64.6
Skins, hides, leather and peltry  17.9 23.9 24.5   24.5
Wood, charcoal and woodwork  22.1 25.4 19.0   25.7
Materials for the manufacture of paperwork  50.0 47.7 50.2   53.5
Textile fibers and articles  88.4 99.2 95.2 103.4
Footwear, headgear and umbrellas  22.6 27.4 28.8   30.2

Works of stone, gypsum, cement, asbestos

  30.9 34.3 38.7   38.4
Real pearls and other precious stones  80.3 89.9 87.3 101.6
Base metals and derivative works  80.5 118.7 107.4   92.8
Machinery and electro technical equipment254.5 381.5 291.8 298.9
Transport equipment  99.5 123.0 139.3 141.0
Optical instruments, apparatus and equipment  85.6 97.8 100.3 104.3
Arms and ammunition    0.0 0.3 0.5     0.4
Various goods and products n.e.s.  51.2 62.9 58.4   78.6
Art objects and collectors items  43.4 51.7 43.8   52.2
Total1,729.6 2,109.0 2,020.72,083.5 


Exports (FOB; excluding mineral fuels)

(X Af million)2010 2011 2012 2013 
Live animals and other animal products 0.5 0.7 0.5   0.4
Vegetable products 0.2 0.3 0.2  0.3
Fats and oils 0.0 0.3 0.3  0.4
Food products 3.0 2.7 1.8  0.9
Mineral products 0.3 0.0 0.2  0.0
Chemical products 5.1 5.3 14.410.1
Artificial plastic elements 0.3 0.5 0.9  0.6
Skins, hides, leather and peltry 0.1 0.4 0.7  1.4
Wood, charcoal and woodwork 0.0 0.0 0.3  0.2
Materials for manufacture of paperwork 0.5 6.7 0.5  0.5
Textile fibers and articles 1.3 1.1 1.2  0.8
Footwear, headgear and umbrellas 0.0 0.6 0.5  0.5
Works of stone, gypsum, cement, asbestos 0.2 0.3 0.3  0.5
Real pearls (natural) and other precious stones 7.413.1 14.3 20.7
Base metals and derivative works 5.0  6.7 15.2   9.4
Machinery and electro technical equipment 3.8  5.7 12.3 11.0
Transport equipment 4.2  5.5  6.1  4.8
Optical instruments, apparatus and equipment 1.3  2.4  1.6  4.1
Arms and ammunition 0.0  0.0 0.0  0.0
Various goods and products n.e.s. 0.4  0.3 0.4  0.4
Art objects and collectors items 8.5  8.7 7.5  7.9
Total41.9 61.579.2 74.7 

  

Source: CBS Year Book and Qrt4
 
For more information on trade flows, please contact:

Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS)
L.G. Smith Boulevard 160
Oranjestad, Aruba
Tel: 297 583 7433
Fax: 297 583 8057 

W:  www.cbs.aw