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Export Market Access

Technological Solutions Limited has assisted multiple businesses to attain market access in the most demanding markets around the globe. The company has led the R&D for the science-based processes by which the US import alert on Jamaica’s Canned Ackees (Blighia sapida) was lifted in 2000.  Additionally in 2006 TSL facilitated the resumption of Queen Conch (Strombus giga) exports to the European Union (EU) markets.

TSL also offers market entry support with the registration of food processing facilities with the FDA. This is a requirement for all Food Canning Establishments (FCE) which manufacture acidified or low acid canned foods that are packaged in hermetically sealed containers.  TSL undertakes “new” registrations, as well as the renewal of registrations biannually.  TSL has over a decade of experience with the FDA’s filing process on behalf of clients.

TSL’s technical services department offers label assessment services to review and recommend changes to the labels, to ensure that our clients’ labels are fully compliant with the regulations of the intended market. Label reviews are not limited to the regulations of the United States of America, our capabilities extend to reviews against the regulations of the UK, EU and Canada.

An associated company, TSL Technical Services Limited (TTSL) has expertise in international trade and export market access and development, including the development of marketing and business plans. Over the years, TTSL has worked with a variety of businesses including micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in the areas of agriculture, creative industry products, agro-processing, craft and giftware, services, exporting and tourism/hospitality.

TTSL has also worked with organizations which support exporters and provides guidance in the development and implementation of national approaches to export strategy and export business development. One area of focus has been facilitating market access for Caribbean companies and addressing trade-related and other problems of a technical nature, including but not limited to Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures and Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT). The company has provided solution-oriented technical assistance in this regard to various players in the SME, private sector and support institutions in Jamaica, Antigua and the OECS, other Caribbean countries, Canada, Southern Africa, the United Kingdom and the European Union (EU).

Through the various assignments covering the region, from the Bahamas to Suriname, TSL has advised various stakeholders on existing and potential opportunities for spices and other agribusiness exports sub-regionally, regionally and globally. Our distinct strength is the depth of knowledge about the trends in the international marketplace for a wide range of products, including sauces and spices, with very specific knowledge relating to products exported from the Caribbean.

Another area of strength is expertise and knowledge of the trade-related treaties as well as the practical implementation of trade-related matters. This expertise has been applied, not only to conduct many workshops and training programmes for a variety of organizations (IADB, CDE, USAID, CIDA), but also to implement practical solutions to trade challenges around the region and elsewhere.