Getting Started

Exporting to Honduras

The U.S. launched the National Export Initiative (NEI) with the goal of doubling U.S. exports. U.S. embassies are committed to supporting U.S. companies to start exporting or grow their exports to Honduras.

In this section, you’ll find a quick description of Honduras as an export market and some suggestions for getting started. Starting a business can be a challenge, but there is help available from your local Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs).

Doing Business in Central America

The U.S. Commercial Service regional office in El Salvador supports U.S. exports to Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. There is a resident commercial support in each of these countries.

Central America is a growing market for United States exports; U.S. products are highly accepted in the region.

Getting Started in Honduras

  • Overview of Economic Conditions: Visit the export.gov page on Honduras to get an overview of economic conditions and opportunities.
  • Doing Business in Honduras: The Country Commercial Guide provides useful insight for U.S. business pursuing export and investment opportunities in Honduras. You can download the full Country Commercial Guide here.
  • Get U.S. Advice and Support: Contact your local U.S. Export Assistance Center for advice and support on exporting to Honduras. There is a Trade Specialist near you, so please visit the Contact a Trade Specialist Near You page.
  • Get Honduran Advice and Support: There are several in-country business support organizations, such as the American Chamber of Commerce in Honduras, which has offices in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula.

Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR)

The Central America-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement with the United States (CAFTA-DR) was approved by the U.S. Congress in July 2005. The President signed the implementation legislation on August 2, 2005. The Agreement entered first into force with Honduras on April 1, 2006 and the Multilateral Agreement is now fully in force.

CAFTA-DR represents the third largest export market in Latin America for the United States right behind from Brazil and Mexico and the 14th largest export market in the world. The Free Trade Agreement provides new and greater market access for U.S. consumer and industrial products and agricultural products. It also provides a reduction on tariffs, protection for U.S. investments in the region, strengthens protection for U.S. patents, trademarks and more.

The U.S. Department of Commerce monitors this Agreement to ensure that the CAFTA-DR signatory-partner countries fully comply with their obligations. If you encounter problems under the CAFTA-DR, please contact our Agreements Compliance office.

For further information regarding CAFTA-DR, and how to declare the Origin of U.S. products, please visit the CAFTA-DR page at export.gov.

Complete versions of the agreements are available via these links:

Investing in Honduras

The Honduras American Chamber of Commerce has information on investing in Honduras, as well as the Country Commercial Guide’s Chapter 4: Leading Sectors for U.S. Export and Investment and Chapter 6: Investment Climate that could prove useful for both current and potential investors in Honduras.

Recommendations for Potential Investors

Register With and/or Visit the U.S. Embassy

If you are considering investing in Honduras, let us know by sending an email. We can help link you with the appropriate contacts in your selected field.

  • Address: U.S. Embassy, Avenida La Paz, Tegucigalpa M.D.C., Honduras.
  • Phones:
    – Economic Section: (504) 2236-9320, extension 4531.
    – If you are calling from the United States, please dial 011 + Area Code + Phone number. Enter the extension number when prompted.
    – Foreign Commercial Services Office: (504) 2236-9320, extension 4016.

Read and Contact the Honduran Export Promotion and Investment Agency

They will have valuable information for potential investors.

  • Address: FIDE (Investments and Exports) Colonia La Estancia, costado sureste de Plaza Marte, final del Boulevard Morazan, Apartado Postal No. 2029, Tegucigalpa M.D.C., Honduras C.A.
  • Phone: (504) 2221-6304
  • Fax: (504) 2221-6318
  • Website: http://www.hondurasinfo.hn

Register With and/or Visit In-Country Business Support Organizations

Current Investors: Stay Connected!

If you are a current U.S. investor in Honduras, the U.S Embassy wants to stay in touch. Remember, we can only help you if you let us know you are here. Below are other ways to keep in touch with us:

  • Register with the U.S. Embassy.
  • Add us to your mailing lists, we are always happy to stay informed!
  • Subscribe to our Embassy Business Website.
  • Set up a meeting with our economic or commercial teams to discuss any issues that arise.

The earlier we know about a potential issue, the better poised we are to assist you or provide guidance.

Business Information Database System (BIDS)

The Business Information Database System (BIDS) gives U.S. businesses up to date information about significant foreign government and multilateral development bank procurements. Through an interactive map interface, businesses can find new export opportunities, validated by U.S. government economic and commercial experts overseas. Public and private partners can link to or download BIDS data for matchmaking, analysis, or other purposes.