The Jamaica Exporters Association (JEA) is a non-government members association which was established in 1966 to promote and support the growth and development of the export sector. The JEA is committed to facilitating the growth of Jamaica's exports have established a network of Export Centres and Business Information Points (EC/BIPs) across the island as a centralized system of information to positively impact national export performance and competitiveness, while providing standardized exporting and business information in the parishes of St. Andrew, Portland, St. Mary, St. Thomas, St. Elizabeth, Clarendon and Manchester.
To be recognized as the major strategic partner for driving Jamaica’s national development through exports.
To contribute to the development of Jamaica’s economic development by encouraging and supporting Jamaican business to export their goods and services, make effective representation to government on market access and facilitation issues, deliver practical professional development programmes and forums that foster the exchange of ideas and knowledge and reward excellence in the exporting community.
The Jamaica Exporters’ Association (JEA) started operating in 1966 as a limited liability company located at the Jamaica Industrial Development Corporation (JIDC). The organisation was tasked primarily with developing the growth and development of non-traditional exports in Jamaica. An Exporters Association Committee was then formed and headed by Major Michael Came. The first official meeting of the JEA was held with twenty-eight persons representing a large cross-section of manufacturing and manufacturing support services from which the Board of Directors was selected. Major Came was elected as the first President. The first Annual General Meeting was held on September 1967 where Mr. Neville Murray was elected as the second President.