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Participating in auctions

Clearing Customs

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Q: I want to participate in the next General Cargo Auction. What do I need to do?

A: The Department's first General Cargo Auction is being held over today and tomorrow. Two more such auctions are scheduled for January. One is scheduled for January 23-24 at the Queen's Warehouse at Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) in Kingston, and another on January 31 at the Queen's Warehouse at the Sangster International Airport (SIA) in Montego Bay, St James. Both auctions will commence at 10:00 am.

The registration process is simple. You will need to visit the Queen's Warehouse at 230 Spanish Town Road, NMIA or SIA. Ensure that you have a valid photo identification card, one passport-size photo (taken no longer than six months ago) and your Tax Registration Number (TRN) card. A processing fee of $2,000 is required and should be paid to a customs cashier. You will also be required to complete a Bidder Registration Form.

On submission of the required documents, your Bidder Registration Card will be issued immediately and will be valid until December 31 this year.

Participating in our auctions requires that you register annually. You can visit where you will find a list of the items up for auction, which include clothing, electronics, household articles, among other goods.

For more information, visit the Jamaica Customs Department website,, where you can access live help by clicking on the 'Live Help' link or contact us through our 24-hour Quick Response Team at or 1-888-customs.