Importation of Motor Vehicles

Do you intend to import a motor vehicle or motor cycle? If yes, you must first apply to the Trade Board for an Import Licence and receive same before making arrangements for the shipping of the vehicle to Jamaica .

Documents Required To Import a Motor Vehicle or Motor Cycle  

Import licence: Issued by the Trade Board Linited authorizing the importation of the motor vehicle or motor cycle.
Title : A document issued to the owner of the vehicle of cycle by the Government of the country where the vehicle was purchased.
Bill of Lading/Order: Bill of Lading/Order Obtained from the shipping agent with information about the particulars of the vehicle or cycle, the date it landed in the island and the port of entry.
Invoice : An invoice from the supplier is required for all motor vehicles or motor cycles.
Bill of Sight: This is a document on which details of the motor vehicle or motor cycles to be imported are recorded. It is prepared and signed by the broker and certified by Customs.
Tax Compliance: Tax Compliance Obtained from the Tax Administration Certificate (TCC) Services Departme
Import Entry (C87): This is the primary import document on which all the particulars of the motor vehicle or motor cycle, the name of the importer, shipping information and the duties are recorded. It is completed by the broker and submitted to Customs. Only a licensed Customs Broker should complete this form ..


What is the method used for determining the value of motor vehicles?

Under the WTO Agreement, invoices are to be presented to Customs from which the value for duty will be derived.

Is there an age limit for the importation of motor vehicles? Yes.

For Light Commercial Vehicles (Pick-ups, Panel/Window Vans, Trucks with seating capacity of 9-14, and unladen weight less than 3000 kg or 3 tones) - six (6) years

For motor cars or motor cycles - Five(5) years

For Buses used for the transportation of passengers

            seating capacity 15-29                                 - twelve (12) years

            seating capacity 30-44                                 - fourteen (14) years

            seating capacity 45 & over                           - twenty (20) years 

For Trucks used for the transportation of cargo

            3,000 - 4000 kg                                            - fifteen (15) years

            40001 - 8000 kg                                          - fourteen (14) years

            over 8000 kg                                             - twenty five (25) years

For other heavy duty commercial equipment             - thirty (30) years 

Please contact the Trade Board at 967-0507 or 967-0674 for further information on age limits and import licence for motor vehicle.

Age limit for buses to be used in the transportation sector will be determined by the Ministry of Finance.

NOTE:Import Duty,Special Consumption tax and GCT is compounded, The processing fee and environmental levy is included in the aggregate Duty.