Doing Business in Curacao

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Preface
With the recent advances in technology our world has become one interlinked group of nations. Curaçao, being a small part of our globe offers many opportunities for multinational investors. This guide was prepared to better acquaint potential investors with the business climate in Curaçao. The information contained in the following pages was comprised through the mutual efforts of many people in vital sectors of the economy. Their effort in making this guide as concise as possible is appreciated. The guide is not intended to be all encompassing, yet it serves as a good reference to the Curaçao business environment. If further information should be required, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are looking forward to the establishment of mutually beneficial communication channels, and in making Curaçao your island of business in the Caribbean.

CONTENTS
GENERAL INFORMATION...................................................................................................................... 1 ECONOMIC INDICATORS ............................................................................................................................... 2 LABOR ............................................................................................................................................................ 3 UTILITY RATES ............................................................................................................................................. 5 PROCEDURES FOR INCORPORATION .......................................................................................................... 10 TAXATION OF COMPANIES ......................................................................................................................... 12 INTERNATIONAL TRADE & INDUSTRY........................................................................................... 14 CURAÇAO AS A MARKET ............................................................................................................................ 15 SPECIAL TRADE PROGRAMS ...................................................................................................................... 17 INVESTMENT INCENTIVES .......................................................................................................................... 19 CURAÇAO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY.............................................................................. 20 THE CURAÇAO E-ZONE .............................................................................................................................. 21 THE WORLD TRADE CENTER CURAÇAO ................................................................................................... 29 KURÁ HULANDA CONFERENCE CENTER ................................................................................................... 30 SEA-AIR TRANSPORTATION AND RELATED SERVICES ............................................................ 31 AIR TRANSPORTATION AND FACILITIES ................................................................................................... 32 MARITIME TRANSPORTATION AND FACILITIES ................................................................................... 33 SHIPPING CONNECTIONS ............................................................................................................................. 37 INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL SERVICES ....................................................................................... 50 A LEADING INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTER ................................................................................... 51 TOURISM AND RESORT DEVELOPMENT........................................................................................ 54 PRINCIPAL FEATURES OF THE TOURISM PRODUCT ................................................................................. 55 TRENDS IN VISITORS...
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