Monday 1 June, 2020

Customs still fully functional amid COVID-19

Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) intends to keep the island’s air and seaports open for the importation of goods and advises that there are currently no restrictions on those items from countries being impacted by the coronavirus.

According to Commissioner of Customs, Velma Ricketts Walker, JCA is aware of the dual role the entity plays in protecting the island’s citizens during this COVID-19 outbreak, while also ensuring economic activities.

Ricketts Walker said in a statement: “As a border protection entity, we are fully aware of our importance in facilitating trade and travel, which is crucial for the sustainability of the economy and the livelihood of our people, and likewise, we recognise our vulnerability to this virus.”

She said the JCA has implemented health measures and protocols in an effort to protect the wellbeing of its employees, including information sharing and providing sanitation supplies.

The agency will also implement contingency measures to ensure business continuity, Ricketts Walker said.

The statement advised stakeholders and the general public to follow the established guidelines and health protocols of the Ministry of Health and Wellness during the period of COVID-19.

“The agency is asking customers visiting its various locations to co-operate with security personnel with respect to measures put in place to combat COVID-19,” Ricketts Walker said in the statement.

Meanwhile, the JCA is asking that customers use the e-payment platform for transactions, as well as its online channels located on its website.

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