U.S. Relations With Trinidad and Tobago

Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
Fact Sheet
February 15, 2018


More information about Trinidad and Tobago is available on the Trinidad and Tobago Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet.

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. A 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 145,000 U.S. citizens visit Trinidad and Tobago on vacation or for business every year, and more than 11,500 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. The U.S. Embassy’s extensive cultural, sports, education and preventing violent extremism programs and exchanges strengthened the bilateral relationship, increased economic opportunities for youth, increased their leadership skills, and encouraged them to continue their education and give back to their communities.

Bilateral Economic Relations

The United States is Trinidad and Tobago’s largest trading partner. In 2016, Trinidad and Tobago exported $3 billion of goods to the United States and imported $2.3 billion of goods and services from the United States, generating a trade deficit in goods of $615 million for the United States. Economic agreements between the United States and Trinidad and Tobago include a Bilateral Investment Treaty (1996), a MOU Concerning Protection of Intellectual Property Rights (1994), and a Convention for the Avoidance of Double Taxation (1970). Trinidad’s leading export to the United States is liquefied natural gas. It also exports products from its downstream energy industry, such as chemicals and fertilizers. Top exported products from the United States to Trinidad and Tobago include oilfield equipment, industrial machines, and various consumer goods and food items.

Trinidad and Tobago's Membership in International Organizations

Trinidad and Tobago and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the United Nations, Organization of American States, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and World Trade Organization.

Bilateral Representation

Principal U.S. embassy officials are listed in the Department's Key Officers List.

Trinidad and Tobago maintains an embassy in the United States at 1708 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036 (tel. 202-467-6490). Anthony Phillips-Spencer is the Ambassador of Trinidad and Tobago to the United States.

More information about Trinidad and Tobago is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:

Department of State Trinidad and Tobago Page
Department of State Key Officers List
CIA World Factbook Trinidad and Tobago Page
U.S. Embassy
History of U.S. Relations With Trinidad and Tobago
Human Rights Reports
International Religious Freedom Reports
Trafficking in Persons Reports
Narcotics Control Reports
Investment Climate Statements
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics
Export.gov International Offices Page
Travel Information