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Strategic Advantages of USVI Infrastructure

With access to major shipping routes and the Panama Canal, the U.S. Virgin Islands provides strategic market access to the U.S., Latin America, Europe, and Asia. Companies will find that state-of-the-art infrastructure and communication systems are already in place in the USVI, including:

One of the deepest natural water harbors and most modern highway systems in the Caribbean​​
Fiber-optic broadband for high-speed Internet access, Territory-wide
International airports with direct cargo and passenger flights
Container and bulk shipping
Developed freight and transportation systems​

Modern and well-developed connectivity through its maritime shipping infrastructure

USVI hosts numerous cargo and ferry ports that can accommodate all types of vessels, including:

Port of St. Croix: a deep-water port that provides one of the best hurricane-sheltered harbors in the Caribbean with a 7,000-long, 300-wide, and 35-foot-deep channel with ample docking space and working port facilities. This “Containerport” is a transshipment center and hub for commercial and industrial marine activity.

the transshipment hub for shipping cargo to other Caribbean islands, and Austin "Babe" Monsanto marine terminal, which accommodates Oasis-class ships and offers prime retail spaces.

The Jones Act Exemption exempts the USVI from the Jones Act, a cabotage law that requires freight moving between U.S. ports to be carried on U.S. flag vessels. Freight between U.S. ports (including Puerto Rico) and the USVI may also be carried on foreign flag vessels.

International airports with modern upgrades to accommodate all types of travelers

The USVI are home to St. Thomas’ Cyril E. King International Airport (STT), one of the busiest airports in the eastern Caribbean, and St. Croix’s international Henry E. Rohlsen Airport (STX).

Through USVI’s airports, daily non-stop flights are offered to/from major U.S. locations such as New York, Baltimore, Atlanta, Miami, Philadelphia, Boston, Charlotte, Detroit, and Chicago. Moreover, commuter airlines, such as Bohlke International Airways, Cape Air, Seaborne Airlines, and on-demand charter Sea Flight, can transport you between islands in as little as 17 minutes.

Virgin Islands Port Authority is now embarking on new Public Private Partnership projects to modernize both airports, further upgrading and enhancing the facilities.

Telecommunications

Residents of the U.S. Virgin Islands enjoy some of the most advanced communications networks in the Caribbean, including The Virgin Islands Next Generation Network (viNGN, Inc.) Fiber Optic Network, which provides reliable high-speed Internet connections at affordable prices to all residents, businesses, and government agencies.

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