Turks and Caicos Iss Economy - 2021


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Economic overview

The Turks and Caicos economy is based on tourism, offshore financial services, and fishing. Most capital goods and food for domestic consumption are imported. The US is the leading source of tourists, accounting for more than three-quarters of the more than 1 million visitors that arrive annually. Three-quarters of the visitors come by ship. Major sources of government revenue also include fees from offshore financial activities and customs receipts.

Real GDP growth rate

5.3% (2018 est.)

4.3% (2017 est.)

4.4% (2016 est.)

country comparison to the world: 40

Inflation rate (consumer prices)

4% (2017 est.)

0.7% (2016 est.)

country comparison to the world: 169

Real GDP (purchasing power parity)

$1.117 billion (2019 est.)

$1.06 billion (2018 est.)

$1.004 billion (2017 est.)

country comparison to the world: 207

GDP (official exchange rate)

$1.02 billion (2018 est.)

Real GDP per capita

$29,253 (2019 est.)

$28,162 (2018 est.)

$27,061 (2017 est.)

country comparison to the world: 70

GDP - composition, by sector of origin

agriculture: 0.5% (2017 est.)

industry: 8.9% (2017 est.)

services: 90.6% (2017 est.)

GDP - composition, by end use

household consumption: 49% (2017 est.)

government consumption: 21.5% (2017 est.)

investment in fixed capital: 16.5% (2017 est.)

investment in inventories: -0.1% (2017 est.)

exports of goods and services: 69.5% (2017 est.)

imports of goods and services: -56.4% (2017 est.)

Agricultural products

corn, beans, cassava (manioc, tapioca), citrus fruits; fish


tourism, offshore financial services

Industrial production growth rate

3% (2017 est.)

country comparison to the world: 106

Labor force

4,848 (1990 est.)

country comparison to the world: 219

Labor force - by occupation

note: about 33% in government and 20% in agriculture and fishing; significant numbers in tourism, financial, and other services

Unemployment rate

10% (1997 est.)

country comparison to the world: 147

Population below poverty line


Household income or consumption by percentage share

lowest 10%: NA

highest 10%: NA


revenues: 247.3 million (2017 est.)

expenditures: 224.3 million (2017 est.)

Fiscal year

calendar year


$24.77 million (2008 est.)

country comparison to the world: 209

Exports - partners

France 31%, United States 16%, Zambia 13%, Singapore 9%, Republic of the Congo 8% (2019)

Exports - commodities

plastic building materials, stone processing machinery, iron structures, crustaceans, integrated circuits (2019)


$591.3 million (2008 est.)

country comparison to the world: 197

Imports - partners

United States 76% (2019)

Imports - commodities

refined petroleum, cars, jewelry, furniture, soybeans (2019)

Debt - external


Exchange rates

the US dollar is used

NOTE: The information regarding Turks and Caicos Iss on this page is re-published from the 2021 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency and other sources. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Turks and Caicos Iss 2021 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Turks and Caicos Iss 2021 should be addressed to the CIA or the source cited on each page.

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