The economy of Antigua and Barbuda was long dominated by
sugar production, and until 1960, sugar was the most
important export commodity. The decline in sugar prices on
the world market has reduced the importance of the industry.
Fruit, vegetables and cotton are now grown; livestock.
COUNTRYAAH, the tourism industry is the most important trade route in
terms of both value and employment. It also manufactures
rooms, leather, machines and appliances, electrical
components and furniture. Some fishing industry.
The country has a large deficit in the trade balance with
abroad. Petroleum products (re-exports), fish and fish
products, household appliances, electrical components etc.
are exported. The main trading partners are the other
CARICOM countries as well as the USA and the UK.
Transport and Communications
Deep water jetty at Saint John's and great cruise ship
port. Large marina in English Harbor on the south coast.
International Airport (VC Bird) in Antigua.