The Certification Unit has responsibility for the following areas:
- Issuing certificates of origin for Jamaican exports under the various preferential trade agreements;
- Administering the Milk Powder and Refined Sugar Regimes;
- Provide technical support in the negotiation of rules of origin under the various trade agreements.
Issuing Certificates of origin
The Trade Board Certification Unit is the designated Governmental Authority to certify products which comply with the rules of origin of a given preferential trade scheme. This requires analyzing products and verifying their working processes to ensure they conform the prescribed criteria of each trade scheme. The issuing of a certificate of origin permits the qualifying product to be granted duty concession, i.e. duty free or reduction of duty.
The Units certifies products under the following trade schemes: