More information about Trinidad and Tobago is available on the Trinidad and Tobago Country 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. Large numbers of U.S. citizens and permanent residents of Trinbagonian origin live in the United States (primarily 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. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention collaborate 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 speaker, cultural, sports, education, and countering violent extremism programs strengthen the bilateral relationship, create positive alternatives for youth, counter disinformation, promote investigative journalism, and increase economic opportunities. Through exchanges, small grants, training opportunities, and the development of a whole-of-society network of stakeholders, the U.S. government works to increase public–private collaboration and civil society engagement to create socially connected communities more resilient to violence, violent extremism, crime, and international criminal networks.
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), a Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Protection of Intellectual Property Rights (1994), and a Convention for the Avoidance of Double Taxation (1970). Trinidad’s leading exports to the United States are liquefied natural gas and downstream energy products such as methanol and urea. Trinidad also exports products from its downstream energy industry, such as chemicals and fertilizers. Top imported products from the United States include food products, chemical products, and machinery.
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.
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: