U.S. Relations With Barbados

Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
Fact Sheet
November 10, 2015

More information about Barbados is available on the Barbados Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet.


The United States and Barbados have had friendly bilateral relations since Barbados' independence from the United Kingdom in 1966. The United States has supported the government's efforts to expand the country's economic base and to provide a higher standard of living for its citizens. Barbados and U.S. authorities cooperate closely in the fight against narcotics trafficking and other forms of transnational crime. The two countries have signed a mutual legal assistance treaty, an updated extradition treaty covering all common offenses including conspiracy and organized crime, and a maritime law enforcement agreement.

U.S. Assistance to Barbados

U.S. assistance is channeled primarily through multilateral agencies such as the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank, as well as the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). USAID's Eastern Caribbean program has focused on promoting economic growth, combating HIV/AIDS, and protecting fragile ecosystems. Barbados receives counter-narcotics and youth development assistance from the United States under the regional Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) and is eligible to benefit from the U.S. military training, exercises, and humanitarian assistance construction program.

Bilateral Economic Relations

Barbados has an open economy with a marked dependence on imports, 40% of which come from the United States. Barbados is a beneficiary of the U.S. Caribbean Basin Initiative, which aims to facilitate the economic development and export diversification of the Caribbean Basin economies by providing countries with duty-free access to the U.S. market for most goods.

Barbados's Membership in International Organizations

Barbados and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations including the United Nations, Organization of American States, Inter-American Development Bank, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and World Trade Organization.

Bilateral Representation

The U.S. Ambassador to Barbados is Larry L. Palmer; other principal embassy officials are listed in the Department's Key Officers List.

Barbados maintains an embassy in the United States at 2144 Wyoming Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20008 (tel. 202-939-9200).

More information about Barbados is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:

Department of State Barbados Country Page
Department of State Key Officers List
CIA World Factbook Barbados Page
U.S. Embassy: Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean
USAID Barbados Page
History of U.S. Relations With Barbados
Human Rights Reports
International Religious Freedom Reports
Trafficking in Persons Reports
Narcotics Control Reports
Investment Climate Statements
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics
Export.gov International Offices Page
Travel and Business Information