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JOINT STATEMENT - CBFFAJ AND TRADE BOARD LTD

Trade Board Ltd Responds to the Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association’s Call for Dialogue over Bureaucratic Delays

The Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association of Jamaica (CBFFAJ) emerged from a meeting with the Trade Board Limited earlier today with a commitment and plan of action to resolve the delays affecting the operations of customs brokers at the nation’s ports of entry.

Clifford Hall, Director of Licencing and Certification Unit at the Trade Board Limited explained that “we understand the impact of delays on the commercial sector and the bottom line. As such, we are doing everything humanly possible to eradicate this backlog and re-establish a good working relationship with the Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association”. Trade Administrator, Douglas Webster added that “the current backlog is regrettable and regretted, but measures put in place since Friday last have already begun to reap success”.

“I believe we have found a critical path forward with the Trade Board, and we want to put on record our thanks to the Trade Administrator and his team for responding to our call with open and honest dialogue that lays a platform for the systematic resolution of the issues”, says Mitzie Gordon-Burke, the President of the CBFFAJ.

“We sensed a genuine concern for the chronic challenges we have been enduring, and we zeroed in on the primary bureaucratic bottlenecks. We reached agreement and unanimity on some specific steps and actions that the Trade Board Limited has started to implement to address the backlog and processing issues; and we welcome these measures”, she added.

• The doubling of the staff complement to process import permits and remove the backlog within a 10 to 15-day window.

• The CBFFAJ will engage its members to ascertain the categories of licences requiring prioritization in this current exercise.

• The assignment of additional staff to the Trade Board’s telephone lines to handle queries from the Customs Brokering trade.

• The provision of a comprehensive list of current items requiring permits for import and export by the end of this week.

• The resumption of bi-monthly meeting between the Trade Board Limited and the Customs Brokers to deepen collaboration and to keep the lines of communication open to head off problems before they inflate into crisis situations.

“The Trade Board Limited has committed to updating us, by the end of the month, by which time the backlog will be cleared up, with a realistic turn-around time for the processing of import permits”, continued the CBFFAJ President. “A robust, highly functional import-export industry is vital for Jamaica’s economic fortunes, and the work of our professional customs brokers and efficient trade facilitating border regulating agencies, such as the Trade Board Limited, are essential in the overall effort to build the country’s global competitiveness in an inter-connected world.”

Contact:

Mitzie Gordon Burke-Green, President, Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association of Jamaica Tel. (876) 419-7405

Roshane Reid, Public Education and Public Relations Manager, the Trade Board Limited Tel. (876) 450-9708 | Email: rreid@tradeboard.gov.jm



Motor Vehicle Licences Delays


August 9, 2019
Trade Board Apologies for Delays in Issuing Licences
The Trade Board Limited (TBL) acknowledges and apologies for delays in the processing of licences for motor vehicles. This backlog of licences was caused by a software error which has now been rectified. Within the next 10 to 15 days, the backlog will be cleared and normalcy restored.
Again, we apologize for the inconvenience caused and we crave your understanding.

Contact: Mr. Danville Walker
Board Chairman
1 (876) 564-7089
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Notice of Amendment
to the Motor Vehicle Import Policy

Dear Valued Customer,

After a series of consultations with representatives of the Jamaica Used Car Dealers Association (JUCDA), Section 6.0 of the Motor Vehicle Import Policy (Ministry Paper #36/14) - Age of Vehicle at Importation - will be amended.
This amendment allows for a change in the age limit for all categories of vehicles. The change will see new age limits ranging from six (6) years up to thirty (30) years, depending on the category of the motor vehicle (see table below). The effective date of this amendment will be communicated to you in short order.


AMENDMENT TO SECTION 6.0 OF THE MOTOR VEHICLE IMPORT POLICY -AGE OF VEHICLE AT IMPORTATION
MINISTRY PAPER # 36/14


CATEGORY OF VEHICLES

TYPES OF VEHICLES

EXISTING AGE LIMIT(Not Exceeding)

RECOMMENDED AGE LIMIT
(Not Exceeding)

COMMENTS

CARS

Sedans

5

6

Seating Capacity Not Exceeding 8

Station Wagons

5

6

Seating Capacity Not Exceeding 8

SUV’S

6

6

Seating Capacity Not Exceeding 8

Pick Up Trucks

6

6

Unladen Weight Not Exceeding 1500 KG.

Buses

6

6

Seating Capacity Not Exceeding 8

LIGHT COMMERCIAL

Panel Vans

6

10

 

Window Vans

6

10

 

Buses

6

10

Seating Capacity 9-14

Pick Up Trucks, Other Small Trucks

6

10

Unladen weight 1501 – 3000KG

COMMERCIAL VEHICLES

Buses

12

12

Seating Capacity 15-20

12

15

Seating Capacity 21-30

 

20

Seating Capacity 31-45

 

25

Seating Capacity 46 and Above

Trucks

15

20

Unladen weight 3001-6000KG

20

25

Unladen weight 60001-8000 KG

25

30

Unladen weight 8001kg and Above

MOTOR CYCLES/ATVS

 

5

10

 

HEAVY DUTY COMMERCIAL EQUIPMENT

 

30

30

 

Contact us for more information here.


Notice of Termination of Incentive for Registered Taxi Operator Programme

Dear Valued Customer,

The Trade Board Limited wishes to advise that the Incentive for Registered Taxi Operator programme that allowed for the importation of motor vehicles no older than eight (8) years old, for use by registered taxi operators, ended on January 31, 2019. As such, the Trade Board Limited is no longer accepting applications or issuing permits in this regard.

For additional information, please contact:


Ministry of Transport and Mining
138H Maxfield Avenue
Kingston 10.
Telephone: 754-1900-1/ 3
Email: ps@mtw.gov.jm

 


SANITIZATION NOTICE


Importers of Used Motor Vehicles
and
Other Heavy Duty Commercial Equipment

Dear Valued Customer,

Commencing Saturday, June 1, 2019, all used motor vehicles, including heavy duty commercial equipment must be sanitized prior to shipment. This additional element of inspection forms part of the existing Pre-shipment Inspection (PSI) Programme.
This will attract an additional cost, over and above the existing Pre-shipment Inspection (PSI) fees. The additional cost will range from USD70.00 to USD150.00 per motor vehicle unit, depending on the type of motor vehicle. The procedure seeks to prevent plant and animal diseases that could have a significant negative impact on local agriculture and the environment.

For questions, comments or concerns, do not hesitate to contact us here.


  


 

NOTICE TO IMPORTERS OF MOTOR VEHICLES & SPECIFIC HEAVY-DUTY EQUIPMENT

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, 2018:

  1. November 30, 2018– This is the final date for submitting import licence applications to the Trade Board Limited for:
    • 2013 model year motorcars
    • 2012 model year light commercial units.
    • 2013 model year motor cycles
    • 2006 model year buses seating capacity 15-29
    • 2004 model year buses seating capacity 30-44
    • 1998 model year buses seating capacity 45 and over
    • 2003 model year  trucks unladen weight 3,000kg-4,000kg
    • 1998 model year trucks unladen weight 4,001 kg-8,000 kg
    • 1993 model year trucks unladen weight over 8,000 kg
    • 1988 model year heavy duty commercial equipment.

     

  2. December 31, 2018 – Importers holding Import Licences for the above listed model year motor vehicles and heavy-duty commercial equipment with an expiry date of December 2018 must ensure that these vehicles and equipment arrive on or before December 31, 2018.
  3. Please note that:

    • No applications for import licences to facilitate the importation of motor vehicles and heavy duty equipment with the above listed model years will be accepted beyond November 30, 2018 without documentary evidence from the shipper indicating that the item being imported will arrive on or before December 31, 2018.  
    • No request for extension on the expiry dates of import licences for vehicles and heavy duty equipment with the above listed model years will be accommodated.
  4. January 01, 2019 – Used motor vehicles and equipment to be imported must not be older than the model years stipulated in the schedule below:
    • 2014 model year motorcars
    • 2013 model year light commercial units
    • 2009 model year motorcars/light commercial vehicles (returning residents)
    • 2014 model year motor cycles
    • 2007 model year buses seating capacity 15-29
    • 2005 model year buses seating capacity 30-44
    • 1999 model year buses seating capacity 45 and over
    • 2004 model year trucks unladen weight 3,000kg-4,000kg
    • 1999 model year trucks unladen weight 4,001 kg-8,000 kg
    • 1994 model year trucks unladen weight over 8,000 kg
    • 1989 model year heavy-duty commercial equipment.

IMPORTERS ARE AGAIN REMINDED NOT TO SHIP LICENSABLE ITEMS BEFORE OBTAINING APPROVAL FROM THE TRADE BOARD LIMITED.  PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TRADE BOARD LIMITED WILL NOT ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY BREACH CITED BY THE JAMAICA CUSTOMS AGENCY, IF THE APPLICANT IMPORTS AN ITEM BEFORE OBTAINING THE REQUISITE IMPORT LICENCE.

 Thanks for your co-operation.


IMPORT OF USED FARM VEHICLES, TYRES AND EQUIPMENT (VMEs)

Used VMEs intended for use in agriculture must be cleaned and treated in the exporting country and a certificate attesting to the same is presented.

NOTICE TO ALL IMPORTERS OF USED MOTOR VEHICLES

This serves to advise that Effective Monday May 28th  2018 a copy of the Preshipment Inspection (PSI) Certificate issued by Autoterminal Japan Limited (ATJ) must accompany the applications for importation of every used motor vehicle originating in Japan, Singapore, the United States of America (USA), the United Kingdom (UK) and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

See list of Pre-Shipment contacts: Click here.

AAC Inspection Days and Times : Click Here

 


Pre-shipment Inspection/Dealer Disclosure Certificate (PSIC/DDC) Ministerial Order

See link for a downloadable copy of THE TRADE (DEALER DISCLOSURE) (PRE-SHIPMENT CERTIFICATE) ORDER, 2018 (Download).

Please contact the Trade Board Ltd. by phone (+1 876-967-0507) or by email (info@tradeboard.gov.jm) for further information.

Effective May 1, 2018 vehicles being imported from the United States of America, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates will require pre-shipment inspection certificates before license is granted.

 


Pre-shipment Inspection/Dealer Disclosure Certificate (PSIC/DDC)

Effective February 1, 2018 Autoterminal Japan Ltd. (ATJ) will begin accepting applications for Pre-shipment Inspection/Dealer Disclosure Certificate (PSIC/DDC) for all used motor vehicles being shipped to Jamaica.
Vehicles that are in receipt of Trade Board import permits prior to February 1, 2018, will not be subject to Pre-shipment Inspection.
As of that date, The Trade Board Ltd. will no longer be issuing import licences for any used motor vehicles being imported by individuals or companies without a valid PSIC/DDC.
The PSIC/DDC is intended to transform the Used Motor Vehicle sector by ensuring that vehicles imported for use on the roads of Jamaica are of high quality and standard. It will also provide consumers with accurate detailed information pertaining to essential criteria such as:
• Year of Manufacture
• Model Year
• Accurate Odometer Reader
• First Registration Date
• Distance (miles/kilometers) Driven
• Country of Manufacture
• Country of Export
• Type and Quality of Fuel
• Original Manufactured Color
• Modifications
• Whether the vehicle had previous structural damage or damage resulting from flood or other natural disasters
• Percentage Tire Wear
• Laden/Un-laden Weight (Trucks used for the transportation of cargo)
• Seating Capacity (trucks used for the transportation of passengers)
• Microbial contamination
• Radioactive contamination.

Please contact the Trade Board Ltd. by phone (+1 876-967-0507) or by email (info@tradeboard.gov.jm) for further information.

Presented below for reference is the notice posted on the website of Autoterminal Japan Ltd. www.autoterminal.co.jp

Notice Auto Terminal


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