In an effort to improve service to our valued clients, the Trade Board has amended existing and implemented new internal procedures to streamline the processing of licence applications. The combination of those new and amended procedures will result in a smoother, more predictable process.
In order for those procedures to deliver the projected efficiencies to our customers, importers are required to strictly follow the provisions and rules of the Motor Vehicle Import Policy (MVIP). Accordingly importers are reminded of the following:
RETURNING RESIDENTS FROM THE CAYMAN ISLANDS INCLUDING THOSE INDIVIDUALS AFFECTED BY THE ROLL-OVER POLICY OF THE CAYMAN GOVERNMENT ARE HEREBY ADVISED THAT THEY WILL BE ALLOWED TO IMPORT THEIR MOTOR VEHICLES INTO JAMAICA PROVIDED THAT THESE MODELS COMPLY WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THE MOTOR VEHICLE IMPORTS POLICY, WHICH INCLUDES AGE LIMITS. THE CURRENT AGE LIMITS ARE:
- EFFECTIVE APRIL 01, 2009 THE TRADE BOARD WILL ONLY ISSUE IMPORT PERMITS FOR VEHICLES THAT MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE EXISTING MOTOR VEHICLE IMPORTS POLICY (MVIP). THESE REQUIREMENTS, WHICH INCLUDE AGE LIMITS, ARE SUBJECT TO REVIEW AND AMENDMENTS FROM TIME TO TIME.
LICENSING REGIME FOR
TRUCKS WEIGHING OVER 3 TONNES
The following new import licensing requirements have been implemented by
the Trade Board Limited in order to monitor and regulate imports of trucks
weighing over 3 tonnes unladen
trucks over 3 tonnes unladen
weight are required to obtain an import permit from the Trade Board Limited
prior to importation. Tractor heads, trailers and oversized units are also
included in this requirement.
age limit for vehicles in this category is 10 years.
For additional information or clarification,
please contact the Company's offices.
NOTICE TO IMPORTERS AND EXPORTERS
INCREASE IN LICENSING
Effective June 1, 2008, the Trade Board will increase
its licensing fees to the public as follows:
Import Licences : $4,100 inclusive of GCT
Export Licences : $4,100 inclusive of GCT
Fees for Certification remain at current levels.
As of this date, please note also that it will no longer be necessary
for importers of motor vehicles to obtain an Additional
Funds licence from the Trade Board.
Please note the administrative fee for walk in submissions remain the
same at $300.
Effective June 2, 2008 , the following fees will
be applicable for the provision of services provided by the Trade Board:
Requests for Collateral Letters: $2,000/letter (inclusive of GCT)
Letters of Transfer : $5,000 on submission of (requests for removal of
restrictive clause)application, balance of $10,000 payable upon approval by
NOTICE TO IMPORTERS
In order to avoid any inconvenience, clients are being
asked to verify the approval of their import permit(s) before going to the
TAX Administration Office to apply for their Tax Compliant Certificate
(TCC) or try to use the permit to clear the item(s) at Customs.
How to Check the Status of Permits
Online Clients may log
into the TBIS system and view the audit trail which is located at the
bottom of the license.
Walk-in clients may call our office and enquire
about the status of their permit (permit number will be required)
NOTICE TO IMPORTERS
AUTHORISATION TO SUBMIT IMPORT LICENCE APPLICATION
PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT ALL MANUAL APPLICATIONS MUST BE SIGNED BY AN
INDIVIDUAL AUTHORISED BY THE COMPANY OR THE PERSON IN WHOSE NAME THE
APPLICATION IS BEING MADE. IN THE CASE OF A COMPANY A LETTER OF
AUTHORISATION MUST BE ISSUED TO THE TRADE BOARD BY THE COMPANY AND FOR AN
INDIVIDUAL A LETTER VALIDATED BY A JUSTICE OF THE PEACE OR A NOTARY PUBLIC.
PERSONS SUBMITTING APPLICATIONS MUST PRESENT A VALID ID.
NOTICE TO SCRAP
Scrap metal exporters are now able to apply for their export licences online by going through the customs ICASE
system ( http://www.jacustoms.gov.jm/icase
ICASE REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS
Individual or Business with Valid TRN.
If you do not have a valid TRN, then apply for a TRN before proceeding for
Notice to Exporters of Scrap Metal
The following information is required for the preparation of a shipment
certificate, in addition to Jamaica Customs
2. Name of Exporter
3. Date of sailing
4. Container Number (s)
5. Name of Vessel
6. Total weight of shipment
7. Shipping Port
8. Destination of Shipment
(SCRAP METAL) REGULATIONS, 2007
Effective Monday, November 12, 2007 , under the above
mentioned Act, the following processes will be applicable to exporters,
dealers and individuals involved in the transport (carriers) of the scrap
All exporters of scrap metal must be registered with the Jamaica
Trade & Invest (JTI);
All dealers and carriers of scrap metal will be required to
register with the Trade Board Limited;
Exporters will be issued shipment
certificates by the Trade Board, for each consignment upon an application
and based on Jamaica Customs' approval, after inspection of the shipment.
Applications and approvals can be done online.
Applicants (dealers and carriers) registering for this regime
will be required to submit the following:
Two (2) certified passport size
photographs, 1 picture I.D. along with TRN. Carriers of scrap metal must
also submit a valid driver's licence.
Registration forms and detailed
procedural information will be available as of Friday, November 9, 2007 at
the Trade Board's website www.tradeboard.gov.jm
or at the offices at 107 Constant Spring Road, Kingston 10 or
call the toll-free number: 1-888-367-3247 for more
Motor Vehicle Importation
Importers of Motor Vehicles are hereby advised of the following
important dates with respect to the importation of Motor Vehicles for the
year ending December 31, 2007:
30, 2007 This is the final date for submitting import licence applications to the Trade Board Limited for 2004
model motorcars and 2003 model light commercial units.
December 31, 2007
Importers holding Import Licences for 2004 model
motorcars and 2003 light commercial units with an expiry date of December
2007 must ensure that these vehicles arrive on or before December 31, 2007.
Please note that no applications for 2004 model
motorcars and 2003 light commercial units will be accepted beyond November
30, 2007 and no extension on expiry dates will be granted.
01, 2008 Used motor vehicles to be imported must not be
older than 2005 for motorcars and 2004 for light commercial units.