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Economy and Trade

Conveniently located at the north end of the South American continent, Venezuela has an enormous potential for development and investment. It is an ideal site for international business operations due to the combination of its proximity to Latin American and Caribbean markets and its relatively short distance from North America and Europe. The country has a long tradition in the production and export of petroleum and gas products, and Venezuela's proven hydrocarbon reserves are among the largest in the world. This fact, combined with its substantial hydroelectric resources, allows the country to be characterized as one of the most important energy sources of the Western Hemisphere, and certainly as its main energy exporter.

Opportunities for investment and trade in Venezuela are abundant in sectors such as oil and gas production and distribution, electrical distribution, petrochemicals, aluminum, steel, agriculture, tourism and consumer products and services, to name but a few. The country's extensive participation in regional and subregional trade agreements allows many Venezuelan products to be exported with reduced tariffs to other Latin American countries, and with no tariffs in the case of the Andean Community, a five-country market with a population of more than 100 million. Many of its products enjoy preferential access to North American and European markets as well. Venezuela's location, the diversity of its resources, its modern infrastructure and its present and future economic prospects make it a natural candidate for companies in search of international investment opportunities which guarantee long term profitability.

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