Clearing Customs

Customs extends opening hours

KINGSTON, Jamaica –With the pending introduction of Government’s Customs Administration Fees (CAF), the Jamaica Customs Department has extended opening hours to clear the backlog of goods on the wharves. The Department says it will be extending its  hours at Customs House (includin ... Read More

Waivers for charitable items
Q: An organisation abroad wants to send five barrels of food to my church for our HELP Ministry. Ho ... Read More

Pieces of clothing are among the items to be auctioned. Participating in auctions
Q: I want to participate in the next General Cargo Auction. What do I need to do? A: The Departme ... Read More

A traveller interacts with a customs officer. Reimporting goods after repair or servicing
Q: I bought a television overseas and took it with me through the airport when I arrived in Jamaica. ... Read More

You can clear a barrel for someone else

Thursday, December 06, 2012    

Barrels are seen in the scanner at the port.

Q: A barrel was sent to my grandmother who is old and unable to clear it herself. Can someone else clear it for her? If yes, what is the process? A: The situation you have mentioned happens from time to time. Yes, another person can clear the barrel for your grandmother. However, that person would need to present a letter signed by your grandmother and notarised (certified) by a Justice of the Peace (JP) authorising him/her to clear the barrel on your grandmother's behalf. The letter should in ... Read More

Restricted and prohibited items

Thursday, November 29, 2012    

Fruits and vegetables are among the restricted items that require import permits and licences. (Observer file photos)

Q: Is there a difference between prohibited and restricted items? Also, can you give me a list of such items? A: Prohibited items refer to articles that are banned from entering the island while restricted items are goods that require permits/licences to enter the island. The list of prohibited items includes (but not limited to): * Counterfeit money, whether coin-based or otherwise, from any country. * All publications of de Laurence Scott and Company and Red Star Publishing Company from Ch ... Read More

Documents required to import motor vehicles

Thursday, November 22, 2012    

Scores of motor vehicles are seen in a holding area at the port.

Q: I am contemplating importing a motor vehicle. Is there an age limit on vehicles I can import? Also, what documents do I need? A: There are age limits for different categories of motor vehicles, which are as follows: * Pickups — six years * Motor cars — five years * Trucks, trailers and other heavy-duty equipment — 10 years Documents required You must get an import licence from the Trade Board before making arrangements for the shipping of the vehicle to Jamaica. You w ... Read More

Commercial importation

Thursday, November 15, 2012    

Q: What are the steps involved in clearing commercial shipment? A: Clearing commercial shipment will require the services of a customs broker. You may refer to the Jamaica Customs website for a listing of approved brokers or contact the Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association of Jamaica (CBFFAJ), or the Customs Brokers Society of Jamaica (CBSJ). Step 2: The broker will prepare an Import Entry Form (C87) using an appropriate invoice. A proper invoice should have the following informa ... Read More

Clearing Customs at the airport

Thursday, November 08, 2012    

A Customs officer assists
an airline passenger

Q: How do I clear Customs at the airport? What are my allowances and what is the difference between the red and green lines? A: After disembarking the aircraft and being processed by Immigration, passengers should proceed to the Customs/Baggage Hall. The use of cellphones is NOT allowed in the Customs Hall. Passengers should immediately collect their luggage from the designated carousel which is usually announced on the intercom and electronic screens. When "Clearing Customs" at the airport, e ... Read More

Easy steps to clearing your barrels

Thursday, November 01, 2012    

You should never open your barrel until you are instructed to do so by a customs office. (Photo courtesy of Jamaica
Customs Department)

Q: The busy Christmas season is fast approaching and I will be receiving barrels of goods from my relatives abroad. What are the correct steps to clear a barrel? A: The Christmas season normally sees the clearance of thousands of barrels in just a short period of time. Clearing barrels can be a tedious experience if people are unfamiliar with the correct processes. There are eight simple steps in clearing barrels from all ports. First of all, people need to understand that they should try to ... Read More

Tips on importing a motor vehicle

Balford Henry | Friday, August 31, 2012    

PLANNING to import a motor vehicle into Jamaica? It is advisable to check the Jamaica Customs website for information on the documents required to facilitate the process, and what you need to do to ensure a smooth processing. It is easy, too: simply go to the Jamaica Customs website and click on Importing a motor vehicle. At the very outset, the site warns that if you intend to import a motor vehicle, you must first apply to the Trade Board for an import licence, and ensure you get the licence ... Read More



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