Jamaica - Country Commercial Guide
Chemicals and Related Products
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Imports of chemicals and related products from the U.S. have been driven by demand for ethanol to satisfy Jamaica’s E10 fuel mandate and sodium hydroxide for the bauxite/alumina industry.  Corn-based ethanol is currently imported from the United States and is blended into the gasoline to create the E10. There is also increasing demand for pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, cosmetics, and jewelry.  Growth in pharmaceuticals has been driven by increased access to healthcare through the government’s no-user fee policy and the establishment of a National Health Fund, an aging population, and the increased incidence of lifestyle diseases.  Since chemicals and related products require a permit from the Ministry of Health, most U.S. investors enter the market through distributors or agents who are generally better equipped to navigate the regulatory environment.  For further information prospective exporters can reach the Ministry of Health and Wellness at 876-633-7145-6.  

Chemicals & Related Products ($ M) 2019 2020 2021 2022 Est
Total Local Production N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total Exports 37 35 35 N/A
Total Imports 650 571 650 N/A
Imports from the US 329 245 290 N/A
Total Market Size N/A N/A N/A N/A
Exchange Rates 134.22 143.27 151.62 N/A

(total market size = (total local production + imports) - exports); *N/A indicates no data are available

Source:  STATIN

Leading Sub-Sectors

Best prospects include medications for cancer, diabetes, hypertension, and respiratory diseases.  Beauty products, jewelry, disinfectants, and agricultural chemicals provide scope for growth.


Exporters to Jamaica will find growing opportunities for pharmaceuticals as the population ages and lifestyle diseases become more prevalent.  Demand for pharmaceuticals could also be driven by increased subscription to the National Health Fund and free access to healthcare. The National Health Fund, the government entity responsible for sourcing and distributing products to the public health sector, is a major importer of pharmaceuticals.