E-commerce beating Jamaica Customs badly with counterfeit goods
Newly-appointed Commissioner of Customs, Velma Ricketts-Walker, has indicated that e-commerce is presenting a major challenge for Customs officers at the island's ports of entry and exit, especially in detecting and preventing counterfeit goods from entering the island.
E-commerce is the buying and selling of goods and services on a globally borderless platform over the Internet.
In addressing the closing session of the United States Department of Homeland Security and the Intellectual Property Rights Centre Regional Intellectual Property Rights training seminar in Montego Bay on Friday, Ricketts-Walker said e-commerce is posing a serious threat, as it is being used as a means of entry for counterfeit goods..
The e-commerce transactions vary as business-to-business, business-to-consumer, consumer-to-consumer or consumer-to-business engagements.
The customs boss said e-commerce is one of the faster methods for business operators to get their containers through customs around the world, but cited the intertwined challenge to keep out counterfeit goods.
She encouraged the participants in the seminar to use the knowledge gained to ensure improved interruption of the flow of counterfeit goods.
She also advised the relevant intellectual property rights owners to work closely with the Jamaica Customs Agency to help to protect abuse of their products.