Shipping & Maritime Sector

Where Global Business Thrives 

Cayman Maritime & Aviation City is part of Cayman Enterprise City (CEC) and the Cayman Islands’ award-winning special economic zones. It is the ideal hub for globally-focused shipping and maritime services businesses seeking to access to new opportunities for growth. Businesses established within CEC have the benefit of no local corporate, income, sales, capital gains, or payroll tax. CEC offers accelerated offshore set-up with personalised service so you can focus on the big picture. 

Hundreds of companies of all sizes from across the globe are currently operating from within CEC and benefiting from a world-class environment which makes business anywhere in the world efficient and simple. Shipping and maritime businesses can be fully set up and operational with a staffed office within CEC in as little as 4-6 weeks; this includes the administrative processing of work/residency visas for any expatriate staff that the business may require within five working days.

Concessions & Benefits

  • The opportunity to establish an onshore presence in one of the world’s leading international financial centres
  • Access to a safe, stable and secure onshore business environment that is regularly reviewed by the OECD and the IMF, and also evidenced by the global strength and recognized quality of the Cayman Islands’ flag
  • 100% exempt from corporate tax, capital gains tax, sales tax, income tax, import duties
  • Renewable five-year work/residency visas granted for staff within 5 days
  • 4-6 week fast-track set-up of operations, including incorporation documents
  • Strategically located next to North and Latin America and at the crossroads of two of the world’s major shipping lanes
  • Access to a world-class shipping registry that is United States Coast Guard Qualship 21 rated and white listed on the Paris and Tokyo Memoranda of Understanding on Port State Control, as well as part of the Category 1 Red Ensign Group

As an exclusive member of the zone you also get these perks:

  • You become part of this large, vibrant community of like-minded entrepreneurs
  • Access to networking events and meet-ups
  • Access to monthly sporting and social events
  • Access to educational and thought-leadership events and conferences
  • Introductions to banks for all your offshore banking needs
  • Ability to join CEC's discounted group health and pension plans
  • Introductions to excellent service providers including lawyers and accountants
  • Access to talent recruitment services and jobs portal
  • Support from onsite Community Managers
  • Access to members portal

Eligible Market Sectors

Opportunities for Shipping and Maritime Businesses

CEC can accept companies and divisions of companies that are involved in the maritime industry which include:

  • Ship owners/operators/managers
  • Shipbrokers
  • Shipping financiers
  • Technology companies and start-ups engaged in innovative maritime research and development, data management, and more
  • The head offices or satellite offices of maritime industrial businesses and yacht manufacturing and repair businesses
  • Demurrage calculation and post deal expenses calculation
  • Freight trading and brokerage businesses
  • Crew salaries and benefits processing companies
  • Bunker brokerage
  • Shipping operations
  • Logistics planning and vessel management companies
  • Management consulting
  • Other specialised services to the maritime sector

Maximise Profitability

 In some parts of the world businesses pay as much as 30% corporate tax but because of Cayman’s tax neutral environment, a business can take a greater portion of its revenue to the bottom line. This allows a business to have access to a larger portion of its revenue for distribution to shareholders or for reinvestment into the business, including into research and development, talent recruitment and/or development, etc. All of this means your business can reach its maximum potential faster.

If your goal is to build your business for a profitable exit, remember that there is no capital gains tax in Cayman, which could make an enormous difference in how much the exiting shareholders take home at the end of the day!

Find out how establishing in the Caribbean’s first International Maritime & Aviation centre can benefit your business.  Call us on +1-345-945-3722 today or email: for more details.


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