The nation of Belize depends profoundly on importation especially in the area of processed goods. The Laws of Belize defines and set the policies that facilitates and regulates importations of any given product or commodity. An importer can thus be fully aware of the procedures required in the importation o f goods into Belize.
Chapter 293 of the laws of Belize establishes the body responsible in facilitation and implementation of the said laws namely the controller of supplies. The function of the controller of supplies is laid out including his ability in authorizing specific personnel. It also includes implementing and enforcing the laws or policies of importation.
A list and description of the importable products that require a license are available. It further defines specific products from the Caribbean that require license. Importation descriptions are given for agricultural products and life stock. The inspection and licensing for these products falls under Belize Agriculture Health Authority (BAHA). Assortments of conditions are stated to ensure prices meet consumer’s requirements, safety and purchasing capabilities.
The Belizean population is growing at a steady rate and the demand for imported products continues to constantly increase. Many opportunities exist and with a few appropriate procedures one can be on the way on participating in a vibrant business venture.
The documentation needed for importing food and a gricultural products into Belize are: an import from BAHA, phytosanitary or sanitary certificate and certificate of origin, commercial invoice laden. Most plant products will also need a certificate of treatment and inspection by quarantine officials