Elizabeth Morgan | Non-traditional export Non-traditional export

Over the past three weeks, I have been looking at traditional exports from Jamaica and other Commonwealth Caribbean countries, especially agricultural products, since the 18th century. These include bananas started in the 1870s and coconuts and coconuts in the 1930s. The overall assessment is inconvenient, leaving no income gap to fill the export.

Efforts to rejuvenate the economy, especially in Jamaica, intensified in the 1950’s, leading us to more products and exports. Non-traditional interpretations may vary from country to country, but for this article, I believe it should take into account new products introduced since the 1950s, including products from traditional agricultural exports.

In Jamaica, this season he moved to mining and manufacturing, including farming. The manufacturer is involved in lighting fixtures, textiles and clothing, furniture, paints, cement, paper and metal products, and agro-processing products. Minerals and gypsum and in 1968 alumina production. But I have noticed that in Jamaica, bauxite is listed as traditional, and non-traditional, export. They should not be considered traditional to me.

As the Jamaican / Caribbean Diaspora grew in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada, demand for Caribbean food and beverage products grew.

Since the 1980s, the Jamaican government and the private sector have been involved in horticultural products (cut flowers, leaves and plants), water treatment (tilapia), seafood (conch and lobsters), fuels (ethanol), food (A. plates, juices, juices and groundnuts). Supplies – strawberries, etc.). You may recall the efforts made to get packaged ackees approved in the United States. Jamaica also wanted to export cannabis and vegetables (broccoli and cauliflower) to the United States during the winter. The 807 Textile and Clothing Program began at this time. Non-traditional export growth In September 1988, Hurricane Gilbert was severely affected. Even before that, Carl Stone in Glanner On November 23, 1987, he expressed concern about what he saw as the tragic performance of non-traditional exports. I noticed a practical comment today: “I have some serious doubts about the severity of our expansion.

807 Textiles and clothing, ethanol and vegetable products (cut flowers, leaves, and plants), were very bright, all of which are now largely stopped or declining.

The Jamaican Institute of Statistics (STATIN) lists non-traditional products as food: fruits (papayas), vegetables, ground produce (yeast, potatoes, dill), meat, seafood (fish, shell), bakery, soups; Drinks; Raw materials (limestone), and underneath are listed furniture, chemicals, and clothing. More than 2,000 non-traditional export figures show that the most stable export growth indicators are in food, beverage and mineral fuels. Thus, since the 1990s, non-traditional exports have seen recovery and growth in some areas, but their overall performance may have improved.

There is a strong demand for non-Jamaican products in third-party markets such as the USA, UK, Canada and the Caribbean. There are also large exports of fresh coconut water, olive oil, hair and cosmetics, mango, bread and tea. We have also seen news reports that Jamaica could earn more foreign exchange by exporting nutrients and medical cannabis. However, the problem is the lack of supply, investment and regulations. There is an old adage that Jamaica is a model country.

The availability of raw materials and produce in food is, of course, linked to agriculture. Encourage farmers to grow their produce. Ensure access to the necessary land and finance, and appropriate advice from extension services to develop and harvest crops. Ensure that there are factories to process and that manufacturers understand the requirements for entering foreign markets. Health standards (hygiene and sanitation measures) are important requirements, and include technical certification and designation. Products must meet international standards, which means that they often meet certain standards set by supermarket chains.

My understanding is that most small, medium and medium enterprises (MMS) produce and export non-traditional products in the food and beverage category. The sustainability of efficient production and competitive costs poses serious challenges for these businesses, which in turn affect their ability to compete in the export markets. In this regard, they need to innovate, invest in good equipment, implement technology and make better use of e-commerce.

They should also be considered for the production of healthy and green products. Considering that they compete with similar products from Africa, Asia and Latin America and even North America. For MSMEs, intellectual property rights are also important. Like Jamaica, there are many myths about the products on the world market.

Significance depends on the size of the reaction on the product. Therefore, business promotion is an important activity and MSMEs benefit from participating in trade fairs, local and international. In these cases, this may be imaginary. So, as traditional exports are shrinking, and I will add bauxite and alimony here to fill the income gap, Jamaica should focus on expanding non-traditional exports, but as Carl Stone asked in 1987, as a country, do we really export?

I see the Jamaican Association of Manufacturers and Exporters pledging to form partnerships in agricultural production and to engage more in trade promotion in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Foreign Trade. Let’s see if you can make it to a sustainable export business.

Elizabeth Morgan is an expert in international trade policy and international politics. Email feedback to columns@gleanerjm.com

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