High duties for importation of mobile phones

Saturday, November 10, 2018

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PEOPLE importing mobile phone will be charged duties amounting to 45.8 per cent, whether received as a gift or purchased, Jamaica Customs Agency has said.

Customs, in a release, said the duty structure for mobile phones is:

• Import Duty - 20%

• General Consumption Tax - 25%

• Environmental Levy - 0.5%

• Standard Compliance Fee - 0.3%

According to Jamaica Customs, the above charges are calculated on the Cost, Insurance & Freight value, noting that a Customs Administrative Fee is also applicable to the clearance of goods.

“The Jamaica Customs Agency is Jamaica's principal border management entity, and its core mission of facilitating trade, optimising revenue collection and delivering high quality customer service, underpins the necessity for the agency to conform to international best practices that govern customs administrations worldwide,“ said the release.

”As a core mandate, the agency collects gazetted duties and taxes on behalf of the Government of Jamaica, 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 Act and the Stamp Duty Act,“ it added.

The agency said, too, that it is guided by international instruments of the World Customs Organization as it relates to the classification of goods, such as the Harmonised Commodity Description and Coding System.

Passengers, 18 years and older, it said, are reminded of their US$500 allowance that is given on all personal effects and household items.

Customs said while the agency continues to improve its customer service mechanisms and urged customers to report all complaints, make queries, or give their feedback at the various online platforms available.

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