Bahamas - Country Commercial Guide
Distribution and Sales Channels
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At its closest point, The Bahamas is less than 50 miles from the east coast of the United States and sits on major international shipping routes.  There are competitive daily shipping options and regular freight services from Port St. Lucie, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Port Everglades, and the Port of Miami, and airfreight options from both Ft. Lauderdale and Miami.  Most goods enter through the Nassau Container Port at Arawak Cay and are redistributed throughout the country via importers, distributors, and agents.  Major resort hotels import materials and supplies directly.

Inter-island trade is supported by a government subsidized mailboat service.  Both the government-owned national airline BahamasAir and privately owned airlines provide regular service to all major islands.  The country has 34 ports of entry, numerous airstrips, and rural landing ramps to support inter-island trade.

Using an Agent or Distributor

Although the use of an agent or distributor is not required, it is highly recommended.  A local representative can help navigate the complex import procedures and local business customs.  Agents and distributors can also help position products in the market and provide effective and responsive after-sales service. 

Local distributors purchase directly from U.S. businesses and resell in The Bahamas with the parties formulating their own terms and conditions of agreement.  An attorney is recommended when negotiating contract terms.  Given the small size of the market, local distributors may request exclusive distribution rights and expect to negotiate credit terms and marketing support.

The U.S. Embassy can help U.S. exporters find agents and distributors through the following fee-based services:

  • International Partner Search (IPS): This service helps U.S. companies find local partners and licensees abroad.  The IPS provides a report on up to five agents, distributors, manufacturer’s representatives, or other strategic partners who have expressed an interest in a company’s products or services.
  • Gold Key Service (GKS): This service consists of a survey of potential representatives or customers based on the client’s requirements, as well as four to six pre-arranged appointments with potential prospects. 

Please access information on the U.S. Commercial Service via

You can also contact the U.S. Embassy in Nassau at