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Doing business & staying in touch while in St Lucia

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St Lucia: Doing business & staying in touch

Doing business in St Lucia

A short- or long-sleeved shirt and tie or a lightweight suit are suitable for most business visits.

Office hours: 

Mon-Fri 0800-1700, Sat 0830-1230.


St Lucia's economy still relies heavily on agriculture but has broadened during the last 15 years. Light industry has been a key part of this process: the establishment of export processing zones and the successful attraction of foreign investment has created a healthy sector producing plastic, textiles and industrial gases and assembling electronic components. There is also a significant construction industry. The main agricultural exports are bananas, coconuts and cocoa.

The government is focusing its efforts on further diversification, principally directed towards the creation of a service sector based on tourism and financial services. It has also affected various deregulation measures and privatisation of a number of major state-owned enterprises.

St Lucia is a member of the regional trading bloc, CARICOM, and the region's principal political co-operative grouping, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States.

A number of hotels offer conference facilities, with seating for up to 200 persons. The St Lucia Tourist Board can provide details (see Important Addresses).


US$985 million (2010).

Main exports: 

Bananas, cocoa, vegetables, fruit, other agricultural products, oils and fats and manufactured goods.

Main imports: 

Food, fuel, manufactured goods, machinery and transport equipment, chemicals.

Main trading partners: 

Barbados, Spain, Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago, UK and USA.

Keeping in Touch in St Lucia


The international dialling code for St Lucia is 1 758.

Mobile phone: 

Coverage is good. Mobile phones are available to hire. Operators on St Lucia have not yet declared roaming agreements with international mobile phone companies.


Public access is available at the internet kiosk at Pointe Seraphine. Other internet cafés are also available across the island.


Airmail to Western Europe takes up to one week.

Post office hours: 

Mon-Fri 0800-1630, Sat 0900-1330.


St Lucia's newspapers and broadcasters are mainly privately owned. There are no daily newspapers. The government operates a radio network.


The main newspapers are The Crusader, The Mirror, The Star and The Voice of St Lucia. Visions Magazine is published by the St Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association.


The main channels are operated by Helen Television Systems (HTS), Daher Broadcasting Service and Catholic Broadcasting TV Network.


Radio Saint Lucia (RSL) is a state-owned network. Other stations are Radio Caribbean International, Radio 100 and Hot FM.