Yes. The complete commodity classification and tariffs applicable in Jamaica are loaded on JTIP.
In international trade, each product is assigned a particular classification code using the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System or simply Harmonized System (HS). The HS is the universal economic language and code for goods, authored by the World Customs Organization (WCO).
You can search by Commodity Code on JTIP by clicking on “Commodity and Tariff” on the Menu Bar on the right-hand side of most pages of JTIP to find the applicable HS Code for your goods.
Customs Duty is the charge levied on imports and listed in the tariff schedules.
Customs Duty is charged under the Customs Act, the Law on Import and Export Tax and other government decrees. Customs authorities collect taxes on imported and exported goods, and apply measures to ensure the correct and full collection of taxes and other amounts payable in accordance with the laws on taxes, charges and fees and other corresponding regulations of law.
Goods can be classified as being commercial if they fall into any of the following categories:
N.B. Persons must ensure that they use only Customs Brokers who are registered with the Jamaica Customs Agency and possess a valid licence to practise.
The duty rates can be found by searching the commodities list for the particular goods you are to import and export.
Please click here to see various Customs duties applicable in Jamaica.
No. An import or export license is not compulsory for many commodities. However, there are specific types of goods that require an import/export permit before transactions.
As a member of the World Trade Organization Jamaica has to follow the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade. There are three types of technical barriers:
• Technical Regulations are mandatory technical requirements for importers and exporters (mandatory compliance requirement).
• Technical Standards are the technical requirements to be approved by an organization that has been recognized; and
• Conformity Assessment Procedure This is the process of assessing the suitability of a commodity with the regulations and technical criteria.
Yes. Using a Customs Agent should ensure that all regulatory requirements are properly discharged and may save unnecessary delays. Customs brokers and customs broker employees shall exercise the rights and perform the obligations of customs declarants as prescribed in the Customs Act.
You must clear the goods at the Customs office where the Customs authorities receive, register and verify customs documents and conduct a physical inspection of goods. Places of inspection are at the international airports, seaports, and Inland Customs Depots where import, export, exit, entry and transit operation are carried out.
ASYCUDA (AUTOMATED SYSTEM FOR CUSTOMS DATA) is the Jamaica Automatic Customs Clearance System. If you are importing and exporting goods through the ports and airports you must enter your e-Declaration into the ASYCUDA system.
Yes. All goods and vehicles for diplomatic missions approved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are exempted from Customs duty.
No. You can just walk through the Nothing to Declare - Green Channel. If you are carrying goods in excess of the duty-free allowance or if you are in doubt you must walk through the Red Channel and declare the goods to the Customs Officer on duty. At some airports, you can see Green and Red flashlights, which represent Green and Red Channels. If you are in doubt about this, please ask Customs officers at the airports.
Generally, personal effects (except for motor vehicles/cars etc.) are exempted from Customs duties as long as they are not of a commercial nature and within the prescribed limit decided by Customs. If you are in doubt about the eligibility of certain items, you should contact Customs. Generally, holders of residence visas receive equal treatment as far as the free allowance entitlements are concerned.
For more information, you can visit the following agencies:
|Ministry of Industry, Commerce Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF)||http://www.micaf.gov.jm/|
|Trade Board Limited||http://www.tradeboard.gov.jm/|
|Jamaica Customs Agency||https://www.jacustoms.gov.jm/|
|Bureau of Standards Jamaica||http://www.bsj.org.jm/|
|National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA)||http://nepa.gov.jm/|
|Coffee Industry Board of Jamaica||https://www.ciboj.org/|
|Coconut Industry Board||http://www.coconutindustryboardjm.org/|
|Mines and Geology Division||http://mgd.gov.jm/|
|Ministry of Science Energy and Technology||http://mset.gov.jm/|
|Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade||http://www.mfaft.gov.jm/|
|Ministry of Health||http://moh.gov.jm/|
|Anti-Dumping & Subsidies Commission||http://jadsc.gov.jm/|
|Ministry of Justice||http://moj.gov.jm/|
|Office of Prime Minister||http://opm.gov.jm/|
|Ministry of Finance and the Public Service||http://www.mof.gov.jm/|
|Ministry of Economic Growth & Job Creation||http://opm.gov.jm/ministries/ministry-of-economic-growth-and-job-creation/|
|Statistical Institute of Jamaica||http://statinja.gov.jm/|
|Bank of Jamaica||http://www.boj.org.jm/|
|Agricultural Business Information System||http://abisjamaica.com.jm/registration.php|
|Jamaica Information Service||http://jis.gov.jm/|
|Jamaica Intellectual Property Office||http://www.jipo.gov.jm/|
|Planning Institute of Jamaica||http://www.pioj.gov.jm/Home/tabid/37/Default.aspx|
|Ministry of Labour and Social Security||http://www.mlss.gov.jm/pub/index.php?artid=1&par_id=1|
|Sugar Industry Authority||http://www.jamaicasugar.org/|
|Companies Office of Jamaica||https://www.orcjamaica.com|
|Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation Division (FSPID)||http://www.fspid.gov.jm/|
|Jamaica Constabulary Force||https://www.jcf.gov.jm/|
|Shipping Association of Jamaica (SAJ)||https://jamports.com/|
|Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC)||http://jamaicachamber.org.jm/|
|Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC)||http://www.jbdc.net|
|Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ)||http://psoj.org/|
|Jamaica Exporters Association (JEA)||http://www.exportjamaica.org/ja/|
|Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ)||http://www.portjam.com/|
|Port Community System (PCS)||https://www.jamaicapcs.com/|
|Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ)||http://www.airportsauthorityjamaica.aero/|
|Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited (KFTL)||https://www.kftl-jm.com|