Aruba’s trade, hub function, and tourism sector depend on the logistics sector, which is supported by some of the biggest distribution companies in the Caribbean. The island’s strategic location and well-developed port and airport infrastructure guarantee safety and efficiency, offering a good proposition for maritime services, storage, and distribution centers. Aruba is also a self-governing territory of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, which gives it a stable political and regulatory climate. Commerce is facilitated through almost a hundred trade agreements with other countries.
Making Waves in Trade and Commerce
Aruba’s Sister City agreement with Doral City, Florida and strategic positioning with
multimodal infrastructure make the island ideal for logistics companies and distributors.
Strategically located in the Southern Caribbean maritime routes, Aruba is a prime location for vessel anchoring. Aruba provides many opportunities for entrepreneurs and investors in maritime services due to the sheltering of the seas and wind. Business opportunities lie in ship-to-ship operations, ship repair and maintenance, mobilization and demobilization of offshore projects, bunkering of anchored ships, and yacht services and brokerage.
The Aruba Airport Authority has embarked on a $250M expansion master plan known as Gateway 2030, which will accommodate its projected position as the largest Caribbean market for air travel by 2030. The state-of-the-art airport will enhance air connectivity, eventually leading to spin-offs and offering possibilities to invest in the Aruba Airport, such as a maintenance and repair hub.
With a safe and secure Multi-Cargo Sea Terminal in Barcadera, a strategic location in the Southern Caribbean maritime routes, a stable political climate, and the Free Zone as a crucial incentive, Aruba is establishing itself as a leader in the distribution sector in the Caribbean. High-value goods can be stored in Aruba and shipped both regionally and internationally. Business opportunities lie in logistics management, transportation, warehousing, and security.
BARCADERA BUSINESS PARK
Centrally located on Aruba, Barcadera is only a short distance from the international airport, the designated free zone area, and has well-established connections to all business locations on the island. With calm water conditions and safe access from Aruba to North and Latin America, Barcadera offers a strategic logistical hub and business center in the Caribbean.
Companies with port-related activities are welcome in this area. The Aruba Ports Authority (APA) manages, maintains and works to coordinate Oranjestad and Barcadera’s robust infrastructure of ports, waterways, roads and other assets. This location guarantees a direct connection to a dedicated state-of-the-art multi cargo sea terminal operated by the Aruba Stevedoring Company (ASTEC) N.V.
Dry area north: This property comprises 100,470 m², divided into 17 plots north of the Barcadera Multi-Cargo Sea Terminal. These are available for new businesses in logistics, warehousing, and small-scale industry, such as forwarding companies, cold storage, and companies in agriculture.
Reclaimed land east: This property comprises approximately 40,000 m², located east of the ASTEC terminal with a water connection to the south and east. It is available for expansion in energy generation, transportation, and distribution, for example, renewables, offshore services, commercial recycling, and waste processing activities.
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