The Caribbean Banana Exporters Association evolved from the Commonwealth Banana Exporters Association which was formed in 1972. The CBEA established a London lobby in 1988 to defend its rights during pending trade discussions and the lobby is still active in 2008. The CBEA comprises representatives of banana growers and exporting companies from all the Caribbean countries that are involved in the banana export trade. These are Belize, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Surinam and the four Windward Islands- St Lucia, Dominica, St Vincent & the Grenadines, and Grenada.
From the guide to the Caribbean Banana Exporters' Association, 1993-2000, (Institute of Commonwealth Studies)