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JSWIFT encourages traders to register via online portal

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

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The Jamaica Single Window for Trade (JSWIFT), is reminding clients who currently utilise the services of the Trade Board Limited (TBL), that effective November 1, 2019, they can register online via the JSWIFT portal at: www.jswift.gov.jm , as the first step in gaining access to JSWIFT services.

Therefore, clients who currently submit applications through the Trade Board Information System (TBIS), in addition to those who access other TBL services manually, can now commence the user registration process in JSWIFT.

The first objective of the project is to have traders (importers, exporters) register on the JSWIFT portal as individual users. The registration of people, who are associated with companies, will be facilitated at a later date. However, they are first required to register as individual users.

The development of the JSWIFT online portal, expected to be completed in 2021, will provide access to services in support of cross-border trade. The Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) is the implementing agency for the project, which is being done on a phased basis.

BENEFITS TO COME

JSWIFT will allow traders or their brokers to request licences, permits, certificates and other trade-related documents through a single transactional point (single window) to fulfil import or export-related regulatory requirements. The system is expected to improve collaboration among the JCA, other border regulatory agencies (BRAs), and the trade community, in general. It is also expected to reduce non-tariff barriers, simplify trading procedures, and reduce cost and time for doing business in Jamaica.

The services to be facilitated through this portal will be administered by the various BRAs and participating government agencies. Subsequently, all trade-related licences, permits, certificates and other trade-related documents will be accessible through the portal.

The services provided will include the uploading of the required supporting documents, access to electronic payment services, the tracking of transactions and receiving real-time notifications.

Clients or people in general, who have questions or, who may require any clarification on the registration process, or any other area related to JSWIFT, are invited to contact the JSWIFT Client Support Team at: support@jswift.gov.jm or info@jswift.gov.jm, or by telephone: 876-750-3096-7, 876-750-3050 and 876-750-3099.

JSWIFT is a Government of Jamaica initiative with technical support being provided by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).


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