Saturday 15 August, 2020

Jamaica customs speeds up clearance for personal shipments

The Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA ) says it has revamped the arrangements for individuals importing personal shipments valued up to US$5,000.

Individuals importing in this category will now have to access the department’s Express Clearance Process facility.

Importers also have the option of having an agent complete the process on their behalf, including the delivery of the goods.

The new arrangements are intended to simplify and expedite the clearance process and is based on a partnership that the JCA forged with e-commerce couriers, freight forwarders and consolidators.

The JCA’s Chief Information Officer (CIO), André Williams, says the arrangement will now see cargo consolidators, e-commerce couriers, and freight forwarders, administering the declarations on behalf of their clients.

The new procedure covers items packaged or containerised in barrels, boxes and skids, which are either ordered traditionally, for example over the telephone or using paper-based forms, or online.

They, however, exclude motor vehicles.

Under previous arrangements, customs officers did declarations after inspecting such packages, and verification of other supporting documents.

The new procedure, which took effect on May 11, 2020, requires Customs Brokers, Cargo Consolidators, Couriers and Freight Forwarders to complete and submit the declaration on behalf of importers.

Afterwards, they can give the client the documents to facilitate inspection of cargo at public bonded warehouses at local ports and off-dock facilities.

On completing the inspection, goods will be handed over to the client.

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