Getting Started

If you are considering investing in or doing business in Paraguay, here are some steps you may wish to consider as you get started:

Exporting to Paraguay

In 2009, President Obama announced the National Export Initiative (NEI) http://www.export.gov with the goal of doubling exports by 2015. U.S. embassies are committed to supporting U.S. companies to start exporting or grow their exports to Paraguay. In this section, you’ll find an quick description of Paraguay as an export market and some suggestions for getting started.

Getting Started

Please find below some practical steps you should follow to make best use of US government services.

  1. Paraguay’s Country Commercial Guide (CCG) provides a useful starting point for U.S. businesses pursuing overseas export and investment opportunities in Paraguay. After reading through the report, we recommend that you contact us via email at CommercialAsuncion@state.gov to discuss how we can help you. U.S. companies may access the latest Paraguay Country Commercial Guide and Market Overview, clicking here.
  2. Visit the export.gov page on Paraguay http://www.export.gov/paraguay to get an overview of economic conditions and opportunities.  Access the U.S. Commercial Service Market Research Library containing more than 100,000 industry and country-specific market reports, authored by our specialists working in overseas posts.
  3. Contact your local U.S. Export Assistance Center for advice and support on exporting to Paraguay. Contact a Trade Specialist Near You

Working in Paraguay

In this section you will find information on business visas, travel advisories, and anti-corruption tools.

  • For information on obtaining a visa to visit Paraguay visit the official website of the Paraguayan Embassy in Washington D.C.
  • Make sure to check the current State Department travel advisory for Paraguay.
  • The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is an important anti-corruption tool designed to discourage corrupt business practices in favor of free and fair markets.  The FCPA prohibits promising, offering, giving or authorizing giving anything of value to a foreign government official where the purpose is to obtain or retain business.  These prohibitions apply to U.S. persons, both individuals and companies, and companies that are listed on U.S. exchanges. The statute also requires companies publicly traded in the U.S. to keep accurate books and records and implement appropriate internal controls. More information on the FCPA can be found here:  http://www.fcpa.us/

Political and Economic Counselor a.i.: Michael S. Hough

Deputy Political and Economic Counselor: Logan Wheeler

Commercial Specialist: Ricardo Espinosa

Economic Specialist: Denise Borgognon

We are pleased you are considering Paraguay as a destination to export. Exports of goods and services globally support an estimated 10.3 million jobs in the United States. The Embassy stands ready to support your plans to export to Paraguay. As you know, all potential export markets offer a unique mix of opportunities and challenges; please be in touch with us if you have any questions.