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Advisory
Early Office Closure

In light of the revised COVID-19 prevention measures, please be advised that The Trade Board Limited will close to the public at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 3, 2021 and Friday, September 10, 2021.

Also, the agency will be closed on the following no-movement days:

  • Monday, September 6, 2021
  • Tuesday, September 7, 2021
  • Monday, September 13, 2021
  • Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Please note that the online processing of licenses, permits, certificates of origin and other online functions will continue.

We regret any inconvenience that this may cause.

For further information, please contact us by e-mail at info@tradeboard.gov.jm.

Signed:    Dr (Maj.) Hugh Blake, J.P.
Trade Administrator/CEO
The Trade Board Limited
September 3, 2021


Trade Board Launches Online Certificates of Origin

Kingston, Jamaica: The Trade Board Limited (TBL), an agency of the Ministry of Industry, Investment & Commerce (MIIC), in partnership with the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) commenced its issuance of digital Certificates of Origin (CO) today, Monday, August 23, 2021.

Jamaica is the second CARICOM country to offer this service online, with Trinidad & Tobago being the first.

This means that the Trade Board Limited will no longer accept manual applications for certificates of origin, and exporters who need this service will be required to apply via the Jamaica Single Window for Trade (JSWIFT) at www.jswift.gov.jm. This bold move, being spearheaded by the Jamaica Customs Agency, came after the implementation of a pilot phase which included numerous training sessions with exporters and their agents.

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THE TRADE BOARD LIMITED

Advisory
Early Office Closure

In light of the new COVID-19 prevention measures, please be advised that the Trade Board Limited will close to the public at 11:00 a.m. today, Friday, August 20, 2021.

Please note that the online processing of licenses, permits and other online functions will continue.

We regret any inconvenience that this m ay cause.

For further information, please contact us by e-mail at info@tradeboard.gov.jm.

Signed:  Mr. Carl Morgan
Trade Administrator/CEO (Acting)
The Trade Board Limited
August 20, 2021


Important Advisory
Sanitization of Vehicles, Including Equipment

Customers are being reminded that all used motor vehicles, including equipment such as backhoes, excavators, forklifts, riding lawn mowers and trailers, must be sanitized prior to importation. This element of the Pre-shipment Inspection (PSI) programme, introduced on June 1, 2019, seeks to prevent plant and animal diseases that could have a significant negative impact on local agriculture and the environment.

Currently, PSIs are only required for vehicles being imported from the USA, UK, Japan, Singapore and UAE. Pre-shipment Inspection (PSI) fees range from USD$230.00 to USD$310.00 per motor vehicle, depending on the type.

For all PSI-related matters, please contact AutoTerminal Japan via the requisite country office as per information below.



USA
American Auto Checks
Mr. Steve Magee
+1 (954) 880-4047
steve@americanautochecks.com

 

UK
ATJ Inspection UK
Mr. Wilson Mutabazi
+447887694186, +422393874484
wilson@autoterminal.co.jp,
twine2002@hotmail.com

Japan
Autoterminal Japan Ltd.
+81-438-30-7488, +81-438-30-7489
rwi@autoterminal.co.jp

Singapore
STA Inspection Pte. Ltd.
Mr. Daniel Chan
(65) 6452 1398
chandaniel@stengg.com

United Arab Emirates
PAL Auto Garage
Mr. Nitsul Lakshman
+971 4 297 1222, +971 55 885 3331
nithul@palautogarage.com

 

 

 

 


 

For further guidance on the matter, please contact:

  


The Trade Board Limited
10th Floor, Air Jamaica Building
72 Harbour Street, Kingston.
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July 19, 2021


URGENT ADVISORY

Statement on Fraudulent Pre-Shipment Inspection Certificates
                                                

The Trade Board Limited has been investigating a number of fraudulent pre-shipment inspection (PSI) certificates. The matter has been referred to the Revenue Protection Division at the Ministry of Finance & the Public Service.  

Importers who submit fraudulent documentation for motor vehicle import permits will be subject to investigation by the Major Organized Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA). 

In the same vein, importers of used motor vehicles are being reminded that Autoterminal Japan (ATJ) is the only authorized inspection entity, contracted by the Government of Jamaica to conduct inspections.

To schedule an inspection for a used motor vehicle being imported from the USA, UK, Japan, Singapore or the UAE, please contact ATJ via http://www.inspections.jp/contactus.html.



Signed:       Douglas Webster
                   Trade Administrator/CEO
                   The Trade Board Limited
                   May 18, 2021

 


URGENT NOTICE TO BUYERS OF USED MOTOR VEHICLES

Check odometer reading before purchasing used motor vehicles

Consumers are being urged to compare the odometer readings of the used vehicles they wish to purchase with those on the Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) Certificates issued by Autoterminal Japan (ATJ), which is the official Preshipment Inspection agent of the Government of Jamaica (GoJ). ATJ carries out inspections of used motor vehicles prior to shipment to guarantee compliance with the 2014 GoJ Motor Vehicle Import Policy.

These inspections are designed to protect the public by ensuring that used vehicles are acceptable in terms of key characteristics such as age and mileage being accurately documented at the time of purchase. As a result of transportation from the wharves, there should be only a minor discrepancy between a vehicle’s odometer reading and that recorded on the PSI certificate,
How to access verified odometer readings?

  1. Go to www.inspections.jp
  2. Click on Vehicle Status Tracking (top right hand corner)
  3. Select Vehicle Country (Jamaica PSI)
  4. Enter Chassis Number
  5. Submit
  6. Click on Chassis No. for more details (highlighted in yellow)

Also, customers can access the Vehicle Status Tracking page directly via https://www.autoterminalpsi.com/dash/tracking.

Used motor vehicle purchasers who suspect that their odometer readings may be inaccurate should lodge their complaints with the Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) via complaints@cac.gov.jm.  
 



Signed:     Douglas Webster
                   Trade Administrator/CEO
                   The Trade Board Limited
                   March 11, 2021


URGENT ADVISORY
                                            

As we work closely with the JSWIFT Project Team at the Jamaica Customs Agency to finalize the handover of the TBL functions within JSWIFT, please be advised that as of Tuesday, December 1, 2020, all amendments to permits will now be processed by the Trade Board Limited.
Please pay the amendment fee of J$2,875.00 as a miscellaneous item in JSWIFT, then submit a copy of your receipt and amendment request to amendments@tradeboard.gov.jm.


We crave your ongoing patience and understanding as we continue to streamline the TBL business processes within JSWIFT.

Thank you.

 


NOTICE TO IMPORTERS OF MOTOR VEHICLES

This Notice relates to the new Age Limits for the Importation of Motor Vehicles and Specific Heavy- Duty Equipment, based on amendment to Section 6.0 of the Motor Vehicle Import Policy (Ministry Paper # 36/14). The Age Limits became effective on 06 November 2019. The Trade Board Limited will continue to accept applications for vehicles with the model years listed in the matrix below until 31 March 2021, under the following conditions:

  • Invoices for these vehicles must be dated on or before 31 December 2020.
  • All approved permits will have an expiry date of 31 March 2021.
  • Vehicles must be duty paid and cleared from the wharf on or before 31 March 2021.
  • Requests for extension on the expiry date of permits to facilitate shipment will not be entertained.

Column # 5 shows the model year of vehicles allowed for importation for the period 01 April 2021 - 31 March 2022.


CATEGORY OF VEHICLES

TYPES OF VEHICLES

MODEL YEARS
(31 March 2021)

APPROVED AGE LIMIT
(Years)

MODEL YEARS
(01 April 2021- 31 March 2022)

CARS

Sedans-Seating capacity not exceeding 5 persons.

2014

6

2015

Station Wagons-Seating capacity not exceeding 8 persons.

2014

6

2015

Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs)-Seating Capacity not exceeding 8 persons.

2014

6

2015

LIGHT COMMERCIAL VEHICLES

Buses-Seating Capacity not exceeding 8 persons

2014

6

2015

 

Pick Up Trucks-Unladen weight not exceeding 1,500 Kg

2014

6

2015

Pick Up Trucks, Other Small Trucks-Unladen weighty 1,501-3,000 kg

2010

10

2011

Panel Vans

2010

10

2011

Window Vans

2010

10

2011

Buses-Seating capacity 9-14 persons

2010

10

2011

COMMERCIAL VEHICLES

Buses-Seating capacity 15-20 persons

2008

12

2009

 

Buses-Seating capacity 21-30 persons

2005

15

2006

Buses-Seating capacity 31-45 persons

2000

20

2001

Buses-Seating Capacity exceeding 46 persons

1995

25

1996

 

Trucks-Unladen weight 3,001Kg-6,000 Kg

2000

20

2001

Trucks-Unladen weight 6,001Kg-8,000Kg

1995

25

1996

Trucks-Unladen weight exceeding 8,000Kg

1900

30

1901

 

 

 

 

MOTOR CYCLES

  • CC Rating 700 and Below
  • CC Rating exceeding 700, recommendation from Ministry of National Security

2015

5

2016

HEAVY DUTY EQUIPMENT

Tractors, Trailers, Fork Lifts etc.

1990

30

1991

Prepared 02 November 2020


Promise kept: TBL eliminates permit backlog

Kingston, Jamaica: Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Audley Shaw, has delivered on a commitment to clear the import/export permit backlog at the Trade Board Limited (TBL) by Friday, October 9, 2020.

Earlier this month, Minister Shaw issued a directive for the Trade Board Limited to move swiftly to clear the permit backlog which was due in part to hiccups related to the start-up of the Jamaica Single Window for Trade (JSWIFT) Portal.

>According to Minister Shaw, “the Government of Jamaica remains committed to improving business efficiency for which e-trade is an important feature”. He believes that “the measures put in place at the Trade Board Limited will enable faster processing of licences and permits, and decreased costs due to a reduction in delays and much greater predictability”.

Minister Shaw says importers and exporters have been reporting a shorter turnaround time for the processing of permits.

Six thousand, six hundred and eight (6,608) permits have been approved through JSWIFT since its inception on June 22, 2020.

 

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Contact:          Roshane Reid
Public Education & Public Relations Manager

 


 

NEWS RELEASE

For immediate release | Friday, June 19, 2020

Trade Board Pilots Single Window with Scrap Metal Exporters

Kingston, Jamaica: The Trade Board Limited (TBL) in partnership with the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) will pilot the Jamaica Single Window for Trade (JSWIFT) with scrap metal exporters starting Monday, June 22, 2020.

Applications for scrap metal export permits using the Trade Board Information System (TBIS) will cease as of Friday, June 19, 2020. This means that the Trade Board Limited will no longer accept manual applications and scrap metal exporters will be required to apply for permits online via JSWIFT at https://www.jswift.gov.jm/.  This online system is a first for scrap metal exporters.

Trade Administrator/CEO of TBL, Douglas Webster, described this move as a timely one, considering the thrust to re-energise Jamaican exports by, among other things, making related transactions easier to carry out. He indicated that the Trade Board is “delighted to put in practice something that has been discussed for a long time. Single Window is a game changer for the exporters and importers and by extension for Jamaica.”

FEATURES OF JSWIFT
Mr. Webster mentioned that “the main features of JSWIFT for scrap metal exporters include the ability to attach required documents, submit payment and view the status of an application.”

“Scrap metal exporters who are applying for permits would usually submit a number of physical documents such as a completed application form, certificate of bond, TCC, proof of registration by JAMPRO, certificate of incorporation, TRN, valid ID, police record, among others. What will exist as of Monday, June 22, 2020 is an online facility which will allow the scrap metal exporters to upload those documents from where they are,” he pointed out.

 

Mr. Andre Williams, Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the JCA and Project Manager for JSWIFT, stated that, “the automated services, involving online licensing and permit applications now being introduced for exports, is the first for the sector, and is a major step in the right direction for improving service delivery.”
 
“Based on our interaction with exporters, this is indeed a welcomed change and a drastic improvement from what previously existed,” he added.

JSWIFT READINESS
Mr. Webster noted that his staff is fully prepared for this and has received extensive training from the JSWIFT team. Sharon Mais-Kleinhans who manages Metro Scrap Metals Limited, said she is “happy for the change.” She expressed the view that “the online system will be more efficient and approval should be quicker.”

For assistance or clarification related to JSWIFT, Trade Board scrap metal exporter clients are encouraged to contact the JSWIFT Client Support Team at support@jswift.gov.jm or info@jswift.gov.jm, or by telephone at 876-750-3096-7, 876-750-3050 and 876-750-3099. Also, for other developments related to the Trade Board, exporters can engage Customer Care Agents via email: info@tradeboard.gov.jm or via social media: Instagram - @thetradeboardlimited and Facebook - @thetradeboard.


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 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.inspections.jp


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