Customs House Weekly Series #13

Customs House Weekly Series #13

CUSTOMS TIDBITS


Do you wish to import items by air, sea or post; here are some tidbits you may find useful:

PASSENGER ALLOWANCE WHEN CLEARING CUSTOMS AT THE AIRPORT

  • Passengers 18 years and older have a duty free allowance of US$500 for personal imports
  • The duty free allowance (US$500)  covers both accompanied and unaccompanied baggage
  •  Minors are not entitled to the US$500 duty free allowance

 

AGGREGATE DUTY RATES FOR SOME FREQUENTLY IMPORTED ITEMS

  • Television – 40.732%
  • Computer – 17.432%
  • Clothing – 40.732%
  • Cellular phone – 26%

 

UNACCOMPANIED BAGGAGE DECLARATION (C27/YELLOW) FORM

  • The C27 form is valid for two months from the date the passenger lands in Jamaica.
  • It is issued only to arriving passengers who have unaccompanied baggage.
  • This form (C27/Yellow) cannot be used to clear commercial or charitable items.

 

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS WHEN CLEARING BARRELS AND PACKAGES FOR PERSONAL USE

  • Bill of Lading /Airway Bill
  • Government issued identification, such as a valid passport
  • Taxpayer Registration Number – TRN
  • Unaccompanied Baggage Declaration (C27/Yellow) Form, if applicable

 

PERSONAL IMPORTATION

  • Where necessary, import permits must be obtained before the goods arrive in Jamaica.
  • Import rates can be obtained from the Jamaica Customs Agency’s Customer Service Team prior to purchase.
  • A proper invoice must be presented when clearing items purchased overseas.

 

IMPORTING MOTOR VEHICLES

  • The import rates for motor cars and SUVs are determined by the cc rating/engine size of the vehicle.
  • The import rates for pick-up are determined by the unladen weight.
  • An Import Licence must be obtained from the Trade Board Limited
  • The clearance of all motor vehicles must be done by a licensed Customs Broker.

 

CLEARING CHARITABLE ITEMS

  • Organisations registered under the Charities Act will not pay Import Duties or General Consumption Tax (GCT) on approved goods imported for charitable purposes
  • Motor vehicles imported for charity will be exempt from Special Consumption Tax (SCT)

 

MINIMAL VALUE – US$50

  • Personal imports with a FOB (free on Board) value of US$50 or less will not be subject to import charges.
  • Goods imported for commercial use will be subject to import charge, regardless of the FOB value.
  • There are no taxes or duties levied on exports. However, Customs Processing Fee of JA$3005 is applicable.
  • All exporters of commercial goods are required to register with Jamaica Promotion (JAMPRO).

 

Contact the Customer Service Team at Jamaica Customs:

  • For all customs related enquiries and procedures
  • If you wish to comment on our service
  • If you have suggestions on how we can serve you better

Telephone: 1(876) 922-5140-8 extensions 3148, 3149, 3009 or 3497

 

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