Jamaica Customs to engage Portmore residents March 27

Customs House weekly

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

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T he Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) team will be in the 'Sunshine City' of Portmore, St Catherine, on Wednesday, March 27 for its seventh “Customs Meets the Community” parish engagement.

Scheduled for the Portmore HEART/NTA Academy in Waterford, this is the second stop for the Customs team in St Catherine. The team first visited the parish in August 2017. At that time, the venue was Spanish Town.

The “Customs Meets the Community” series is being held in order that the JCA can communicate more effectively with its customers, in keeping with its thrust to inform and educate stakeholders about Customs policies and clearance procedures, and other Customs-related matters. The Portmore leg of the engagement will focus on clearing items by courier, and provide other general information that may be relevant to the public.

The event will be streamed live from Portmore and people are encouraged to tune in to online platforms for the presentations. The agency is also encouraging individuals with disabilities to participate in the event by attending, as well as logging on to the social media platforms of the Jamaica Information Service, which will be streaming the event.

A sign language interpreter will be on hand to facilitate effective dialogue with people who are hearing-impaired or deaf. The agency recently hosted its first 'Customs Meets the Community — The Diaspora Edition Online' series, which targeted Jamaicans living overseas.

Since the introduction of its parish engagements, the agency has taken a collaborative approach to educating its stakeholders, and has partnered with its border and regulatory agencies including the Plant Quarantine Unit, the Pesticides Control Authority, the Department of Cooperatives and Friendly Societies, the Agriculture Incentives Unit, the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office, and the Post and Telecommunications Department (Parcels Post/Central Sorting Office). The agency has also partnered with the Social Development Commission, which has assisted with mobilisation efforts.

Since May 2017, the Customs team has visited the parishes of St Elizabeth, St Catherine, Portland, St Ann, Westmoreland, and Clarendon, where the sessions were received with great appreciation by participants.

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