In 2017, U.S. exports of consumer-oriented products to Jamaica reached a record level of US$173.9 million, representing a 38 percent market share. Jamaica is one of the main tourist destinations in the Caribbean region, with 2.35 million visitor arrivals in 2017. Almost 65 percent of these tourists are from the United States, and they demand the same high quality food products that they have at home. The Ministry of Tourism is pushing to double the number of hotel rooms in Jamaica over the next several years, which provides opportunities for the following U.S. agricultural products: steakhouse-quality beef, cheese, fruit and vegetable juices, processed fruit and vegetables, wheat and wheat products, sauces, frozen French fries, tree nuts, and wine. However, the Jamaican government continues to maintain both formal and informal mechanisms to restrict imports and protect local industry.
Jamaica: 2018 Jamaica HRI Food Service Sector