Commercial Exporting

Register with Jamaica Trade & Invest (formerly JAMPRO) AT www.jexporter.com

Registration is required only for individuals or entities exporting goods on a commercial basis or for the purpose of trade which will result in the generation of revenue. An exporter is not required to register under the following circumstances:

  • Shipments that have been classified as personal effects or non-commercial which will not result in revenue generation (customs form C87).
  • Goods have been imported for temporary use and are to be subsequently re-exported (customs form C87).
  • These could be items imported for a trade show or racing cars brought in for a racing event.
  • Goods are being exported for subsequent re-importation (customs form C87).
  • An example of such a situation would be goods returned to a foreign manufacturer for repairs to be carried out.
  • Goods for which duty was paid and subsequently re-exported (customs form C87).

Permission must be sought from the Collector of Customs prior to exportation. An example would be that of goods being returned to a supplier because of incorrect specifications or failure to meet Bureau of Standards requirements. These goods are not expected to re-enter the country. Depending on the circumstance the duties paid may be refunded.

 

Apply for the necessary Permits/Licences at the following Agencies:

  1. TRADE BOARD

Certificate of Origin , CARICOM Certificate, CB 1 Form, EUR 1 Form, GSP Form (A), to exempt from payment of Customs duties or for payment of partial duties when exporting to certain countries.

Items requiring a licence from the Trade Board include :

  • Ammunition ( Firearms & Explosives)
  • Crocodiles
  • Eggs
  • Antique Furniture
  • Gold Bullion & fully or semi- manufactured gold including jewelry
  • Jewelry (excluding those from earth metals)
  • Ores—Minerals & metals including bauxite, alumina & gypsum
  • Paintings (antique)
  • Plasma in any form
  • Sugar
  • Wood—Lignum Vitae and logwood only.
  • Petroleum products
  • Motor vehicles
  • Shells (subject to the Convention Of International Trade in Endangered

Species administered by NEPA

  • Live Animals( subject to the Convention Of International Trade in Endangered

Species administered by NEPA

  • Pimento
  1. MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE
  • Veterinary Division — Animals and animal products
  • Plant Quarantine Division — Plants and plant products including spice and pimento greater than 2 lbs.
  • Mines & Geology Unit — Rocks, stones, soil, alumina, cement
  1. COFFEE INDUSTRY BOARD — Permit
  • Green coffee beans
  • Roasted coffee over 10lbs / 5 kgs.
  1. COCONUT INDUSTRY BOARD
  • Commercial coconut products (with the intention of generating revenue) including samples.
  1. NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL & PLANNING AGENCY (NEPA) Export Permit
  • Conch
  • Coral
  1. BUREAU OF STANDARDS - Certificate
  • For processed food (such as ackee)

 

STEPS WHEN EXPORTING BY SEA

  • Complete booking with shipping company
  • Complete Export Entry (C87)
  • Complete Commercial Invoice (C23)
  • Contact Jamaica Customs Contraband Enforcement Unit 24 hours before loading goods into container. Contact numbers are 923 7641 or 7573912
  • Complete Dock Receipt issued by shipping agent
  • Present dock receipt to wharf office (pay security fee)
  • Submit completed entry form, dock receipt and
  • other applicable documents to the export officer
  • for processing.
  • Pay customs processing fee ($600)
  • Deliver cargo to wharf

 

STEPS WHEN EXPORTING BY AIR

  • Complete customs entry, invoice, certificate / permit (where applicable), tally sheet and dispatch form.
  • Contact Jamaica Customs Contraband Enforcement Unit 24 hours before delivering goods to the airline. Contact numbers are 923 7641 or 7573912
  • Present documents and goods to export officer for checking, signing and numbering.
  • Pay customs processing fee ($600)
  • Deliver cargo to *airline's warehouse
  • Present tally sheet along with dispatch form to the airline representative who will facilitate the entry of goods into the warehouse.
  • * Some airline may require prior booking.

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