The Dominica Export Import Agency (DEXIA) came into existence on July 1, 1986. DEXIA is a public sector institution established by Act No. 14, which was created to spearhead the development of Dominica’s export sector with a focus on Agriculture, Agro-processing, and more recently, the cultural industries and Professional Business Services sectors. 

In 2010 DEXIA with other stakeholder groups developed and launched the National Export Strategy (NES). The NES targeted six priority sectors in which DEXIA would play a key role in building capacity and competitiveness. They are: Agriculture, Agro-processing, Energy and Natural Resources, Cultural Industries, Professional Business Services and Tourism. 

DEXIA is the sole importer of bulk rice and sugar in Dominica. The Agency also oversees two Multi Purpose Pack Houses (MPPH) in Roseau and Portsmouth, respectively. The Export Promotion and Development Department (EPDD), Commercial Department (which handles sale of rice and sugar) and the Central Services Department (which deals with HR, administration) are all located at its office on the Dame Mary Eugenia Charles Boulevard. DEXIA is also responsible for management of the Roseau Market. 

The Agency functions as a Trade Promotions Agency and Business Support Office (BSO) and is attached to the Ministry of Commerce, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Business and Export Development. 

The development objectives of the Agency include: 

· Facilitation of trade in goods and services 

· Identification of and access to markets 

· Promotion of small, medium sized enterprises (SMEs) 

· Assisting in the development of export ready businesses, so as to contribute to increased foreign exchange and economic growth 

· Training of SME operators 

· Provision of market intelligence /entry support 

· Serving as an information resource to its stake holders 


· Developing Brand Dominica