IMPORTATION OF ORDINARY PORTLAND GREY CEMENT
In exercise of the powers conferred upon the Minister by section 8 of the Trade Act, on the 16th day of May 2011 the Trade Board has been mandated to establish a Licensing Regime to monitor and regulate the importation of Ordinary Portland Grey Cement.
To review and approve licences for imports of extra-regional cement in accordance with the Ministerial Order, cited as the Trade Prohibition of Import (Ordinary Portland Grey Cement) Order, 2011, under Section Eleven (11) of the Trade Act (1955) which places extra-regional cement under licence.
All entities importing extra-regional cement will be required to register annually with the Trade Board Limited. In order to be registered, entities are required to complete the registration and declaration forms which are available electronically. The forms when submitted to the Trade Board will be checked for accuracy and completeness.
Trade Board will ensure that importers/traders/distributors/contractors have complied with all the statutory requirements including: filing of Income Tax Returns, Employer Annual Returns, Declaration of Assets and Annual Returns required under the Companies Act, and holding of a Taxpayer Registration Number (TRN).
Applications for registration must be duly signed by an authorized officer of the importing entity and affixed with the company seal of that entity.
- The importing entity is required to submit a valid Tax Compliance Certificate (TCC) and Taxpayer Registration Number (TRN) prior to granting the approval for the import licence;
- The importing entity is required to provide evidence of a firm order and supplier’s commitment to supply ;
- The importing entity is required to provide a certificate of quality from the appropriate body in the exporting country;
- The Trade Board will review the application for evidence of registration and all requisite documentation;
- Applications for licences will be approved on a per shipment basis;
- Trade Board will maintain records of the quantities imported with each licence granted. This information will be used in determining utilization of licences;
- Trade Board will maintain files for each registered entity.
OTHER – QUALITY CONTROL
- If an entity has to dump cement due to spoilage or any other factor, the entity must first notify and obtain the approval of the Bureau of Standards Jamaica which would supervise the dumping.
Trade Board Limited
June 21, 2011