Customs clarifies charges on importation of mobile phones

Friday, November 09, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) is reminding all importers that the duty structure on mobile telephones, whether purchased or gifted, is as follows:

• Import Duty – 20 per cent
• General Consumption Act – 25 per cent
• Environmental Levy - 0.5 per cent
• Standard Compliance Fee - 0.3 per cent

The agency, in a statement yesterday, noted that the above charges are calculated on the Cost, Insurance & Freight (CIF) value, and a Customs Administrative Fee (CAF) is also applicable to the clearance of goods.

JCA said it was responding to recent comments in the media.

“Passengers, eighteen years and older, are reminded of their US$500 allowance that is given on all personal effects and household items,” JCA stated.

It also reminded importers that the agency collects gazetted duties and taxes on behalf of the Government of Jamaica (GOJ), on goods imported into the country.

These gazetted duties and taxes are applied according to the First Schedule of the Customs Act (The Customs Tariff (Revision) (Amendment) Resolution, 2018), and other legislation such as the General Consumption Tax (GCT) Act and the Stamp Duty Act.

The JCA said it is also guided by international instruments of the World Customs Organization (WCO), as it relates to the classification of goods, such as the Harmonised Commodity Description and Coding System.

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