U.S. Relations With Trinidad and Tobago
U.S.-Trinidad and Tobago Relations
The United States and Trinidad and Tobago enjoy cordial relations based on a shared commitment to democracy, mutually beneficial trade, and close security cooperation via the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI). The two countries have an extradition and mutual legal assistance treaty as well as agreements on maritime cooperation and tax information exchange. Large numbers of U.S. citizens and permanent residents of Trinbagonian origin live in the United States (mostly in New York and Florida), which keeps cultural ties strong. About 10,000 U.S. citizens visit Trinidad and Tobago on vacation or for business every year, and more than 12,500 American citizens are residents.
U.S. Assistance to Trinidad and Tobago
The U.S. Government provides technical assistance to the Government of Trinidad and Tobago through a number of existing agreements. A Customs Advisory Team from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security works with the Ministry of Finance. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention collaborates with the Ministry of Health and regional partners to strengthen HIV/AIDS programs and to build public health capacity to combat mosquito-borne viruses by improving laboratory systems and services. Trinidad and Tobago plays a key role in the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI), the U.S. government’s regional citizen security and development program.
Bilateral Economic Relations
The United States is Trinidad and Tobago’s largest trading partner. In 2018, Trinidad and Tobago exported more than $3.7 billion of goods to the United States and imported $2.1 billion of goods from the United States, generating a trade deficit in goods of approximately $1.6 billion for the United States. Economic agreements between the United States and Trinidad and Tobago include a Bilateral Investment Treaty (1996), an MOU Concerning Protection of Intellectual Property Rights (1994), and a Convention for the Avoidance of Double Taxation (1970).