CUSTOMS BROKERAGE & CLEARANCE
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The Jamaica Customs Agency is advising all importers that, as of May 11, 2020, it will be mandatory to use the express clearance process (ECP) for the processing and clearance of all personal shipments below US$5,000 [to include cost, insurance & freight (CIF)].
EXPRESS CARGO CLEARANCE PROCESS
Importers should authorize their clearing agents to prepare, submit, and pay for a simplified declaration (IMS4). The clearing agent can then complete the entire customs clearance formalities, including the delivery of the cargo/goods to the consignee upon request.
Whether you are importing commercial or personal items, the customs processes and administrative requirements may be deemed as challenging. We, at Worldwide sct Services, however, facilitate a smooth customs clearance process for your shipment as our knowledgeable and experienced Import clearance team will provide you with efficient and hassle-free service. You will need the services of a Licensed Customs Broker if:
You are shipping cargo with a CIF value of over US$5,000
You are shipping a Motor Vehicle
We are supported by Customs Brokers who are at hand to work out any additional complexities and to provide professional entry processing, classification, and valuation assistance to ensure full compliance with Jamaica Customs Agency.
If you sign up for our door-to-door service, the service will include full customs clearance at the port of loading, delivery of cargo to the warehouse, loading of cargo, discharging of cargo, customs clearance in Jamaica, and delivery to the consignee.
Restricted and Prohibited items:
Prohibited items refer to articles that are banned from entering the island while restricted items are goods that require permits/licenses to enter the island. Please visit the Jamaica Customs Agency website to view such items before you import goods, to ensure that you have all the required licenses, approvals, and permits. This will help you to avoid unnecessary delays and breaches for which you may face penalties.
Documents needed for Customs Clearance:
Taxpayer Registration Number (TRN)
Tax Compliance Certificate (TCC)
Bill of lading or Airway Bill
Certificate of Origin and CARICOM Invoices for goods originating in CARICOM Countries
Import permits or licenses required for certain goods
Letter of Guarantee, Bond Instrument, Manager’s cheque, or cash deposit for (temporary cargo)