PROCEDURE FOR CLEARANCE OF INCOMING CARGO
Passengers (including Returning Residents) with unaccompanied baggage:
SEA / AIR FREIGHT
When shipping or air freighting your goods from abroad make sure that:
• shipping/airline documents are obtained from the shipping/airline agent abroad;
• you know the freight agent in Jamaica who is responsible for handling your goods when they arrive.
1.Take the shipping/airline documents to the freight agent in Jamaica and obtain the Bill of Lading/Air Way Bill for the clearance of your goods.
2.If your goods are personal and household effects and do not exceed a Cost Insurance and Freight (CIF) value of US$3000 or the Jamaican equivalent, then you may proceed to the wharf, airport or private warehouse to clear your goods.
3.Take all your documents such as Taxpayer Registration Number (TRN), valid identification (driver's licence, passport or voter's ID), Invoice, Bill of Lading or Air Way Bill, C27 form, C78X form (not required if items are not dutiable or value US$100 or less) or C86 to the Customs Manifest Branch, at the clearance point. The Manifest Clerk or Officer will process and stamp the baggage declaration form and return the documents to you.
4.Take the Bill of Lading or Air Way Bill to the warehouse keeper who will locate your goods. After the goods have been located they will be placed in the examination area to be inspected by a Customs Officer.
5. After the Warehouse Keeper has found your goods, he will then place the goods in the examination area for inspection by a Customs Officer.
6. Present all documents to the Customs Officer on duty and await his/her instructions. You should be ready to open your baggage for inspection when told to do so.
7. If, after inspection, it is determined that no duty is payable, the Customs Officer will issue a Customs Release. If it is determined that duties are payable the Customs Officer will direct you to the Customs Cashier to pay the necessary duties and fees. On your return after paying the duties and fees, the Customs Officer will issue the Customs Release.
8. The Customs Release should be taken to the Warehouse Keeper who will supervise the delivery of your package(s).
N.B . If you did not complete your Unaccompanied Baggage Declaration Form (C27 ) at the airport you may return to the airport with evidence of travel and obtain the form. You should then take the form to the Customs clearance point where your goods are stored.
Persons to whom packages have been sent from overseas:1. Take your Arrival Notice, Bill of Lading or Airway Bill and identification to the freight agent who is responsible for receiving and handling your goods.
2. The freight agent will process your papers and collect all fees due to them (not customs fees) and advise you when and where (wharf or warehouse) the package(s) will be available for inspection by Customs.
3. Take your documents (including Customs Forms C78X and C86 ) to the wharf or warehouse at the appropriate time and present them to the clerk in the Customs Manifest Branch .
4. Follow steps 4 to 8 mentioned earlier .
Goods received via the Post OfficeWhen your goods arrive at the post office an Arrival Notice (PP1 Form) will be sent to you from the post office. You will be required to present a TRN and a valid form of identification to the postal clerk. Your items will be processed at the local post office after examination by Customs.
Kingston Express(goods with a Kingston address) the Customs Officer will examine the package in your presence and inform you of any duty and fees to be paid. Payment can be made in the form of cash or a manager's cheque.
You must pay the duty to the cashier at the post office who will collect on behalf of the Jamaica Customs Department after which you may collect your parcel from the post office.