More information about Barbados is available on the Barbados Country Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet.
The United States and Barbados have enjoyed warm bilateral relations since Barbados’ independence from the United Kingdom in 1966. The United States supports the government’s efforts to expand the country’s economic base and to provide a higher standard of living for its citizens. Barbados and U.S. authorities cooperate closely in the fight against narcotics trafficking and other forms of transnational crime. The two countries have signed a mutual legal assistance treaty, an extradition treaty covering all common offenses including conspiracy and organized crime, and a maritime law enforcement agreement.
U.S. Assistance to Barbados
The United States works with Barbados to increase security, prosperity, and democracy in the Caribbean. As one of thirteen Caribbean partners under the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI), Barbados also benefits from U.S. counternarcotics and law enforcement assistance focused on disrupting illicit trafficking, strengthening citizen security, and preventing youth crime and violence. The United States and Barbados are partners under the U.S.-Caribbean Partnership to Address the Climate Crisis (PACC 2030), which elevates U.S. cooperation with Caribbean countries to support climate adaptation and strengthen energy security, while building the resilience of critical infrastructure and local economies to the climate crisis. The U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown is the USAID regional office for the Eastern and Southern Caribbean headquarters. National initiatives focus on promoting public health, mitigating risks from climate change, and reducing youth involvement in crime and violence.
Bilateral Economic Relations
Barbados has an open economy with a marked dependence on imports, 40 percent of which come from the United States. In 2021, trade in goods between the United States and Barbados totaled $797.5 million dollars. Barbados is a beneficiary of the U.S. Caribbean Basin Initiative, which aims to facilitate the economic development and export diversification of the Caribbean Basin economies by providing countries with duty-free access to the U.S. market for most goods.
Barbados’s Membership in International Organizations
Barbados and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations including the United Nations, Organization of American States, Inter-American Development Bank, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and World Trade Organization.
Principal U.S. embassy officials are listed in the Department’s Key Officers List.
Barbados maintains an embassy in the United States at 2144 Wyoming Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008 (tel. 202-939-9200).
More information about Barbados is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:
CIA World Factbook Barbados Page
USAID Barbados Page
History of U.S. Relations With Barbados
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics
Export.gov International Offices Barbados Page
State Caribbean Landing Page