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Office Closure

The Air Jamaica Building has been closed for sanitization today Monday September 14, 2020. Therefore, the offices of the Trade Board Limited are also closed today and there will be no walk-in services to our customers.

Please note that online processing of licences, permits and other online functions will continue as usual.

We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

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

 


Signed:  Douglas Webster
Trade Administrator/CEO
The Trade Board Limited
September 14, 2020


News Release| Friday, September 4, 2020

 

Trade Board update on clearing permit backlog

Kingston, Jamaica: The Trade Board Limited (TBL) has identified 1,000 permit applications as outstanding and as at midnight Wednesday September 2, 2020 has cleared approximately thirty percent (30%) of this backlog.  We are clearing the older applications first.
We are reminding applicants whose applications are in query because of incomplete documentation, to submit their outstanding documents to allow for processing and approval.
We apologize for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your patience and understanding. 

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Contact:          Roshane Reid
Public Education & Public Relations Manager
1 (876) 922-7706
rreid@tradeboard.gov.jm

 


NEWS RELEASE

For immediate release | Monday, August 31, 2020

 Trade Board commits to clearing permit backlog

Kingston, Jamaica: The Trade Board Limited (TBL) acknowledges and apologizes to our valued customers for the significant delays experienced with the processing of permits amid the recent conversion from the Trade Board Information System (TBIS) to the Jamaica Single Window for Trade (JSWIFT) Platform.

We have deployed additional resources to address the backlog and as such, the Trade Board Limited commits to clearing the backlog over the next seven (7) to fourteen (14) days.

Outstanding permits will be processed in the order in which applications were made, with older applications being given the priority.  

 

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Contact:          Roshane Reid
Public Education & Public Relations Manager
1 (876) 922-7706
rreid@tradeboard.gov.jm


 

NOTICE
Importers of Motor Vehicles

Dear valued customers,

Please be advised that the Trade Board Limited is experiencing a backlog of motor vehicle import permits. This is due to an unseasonably high level of motor vehicle imports (as the volumes experience recovery from a slump particularly in April and May 2020), compounded by startup issues being experienced with the Jamaica Single Window for Trade (JSWIFT).

Despite this, please be assured that we are taking the necessary measures to eliminate this backlog. As such, permits will be prioritized according to the arrival status of vehicles.  

For vehicles that have arrived without their permits being finalized, please send an e-mail to info@tradeboard.gov.jmdetailing the following:

  1. permit number
  2. name of the importer
  3. arrival date of vehicle.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work as quickly as possible to resolve this issue.
 

Signed:       Douglas Webster
Trade Administrator/CEO
The Trade Board Limited
August 20, 2020


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.

 

 


Notice

THE TRADE BOARD LIMITED

Operational Hours

Effective June 3, 2020, the Trade Board Limited will revert to its original operational hours for the public:

Monday - Thursdays : 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Fridays : 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Signed:  Douglas Webster
Trade Administrator/CEO
The Trade Board Limited
June 2, 2020



THE TRADE BOARD LIMITED
Amended Notice
50% Reduction in Non-Motor Vehicle Export Licensing Fees

Effective Wednesday April 1, 2020, all non-motor vehicle export licensing fees have been reduced by fifty percent (50%),  consistent with an announcement by Dr. Nigel Clarke, Hon. Minister of Finance and the Public Service in his opening of the Financial Year 2020/2021 budget debate, on March 10, 2020. The affected licensing fees are displayed below:

SUMMARY OF PREVIOUS AND NEW FEES (excluding 15% GCT)
Effective April 1, 2020

Category of Fee

Item

Previous Fee
(J$)

New Fee
(J$)

 

Export Licence

Scrap Metal

1-3 Containers- $4,000.00
4-6 Containers- $7,338.63
7-9 Containers- $10,857.94

1-3 Containers - $2,000
Over 3 Containers - $666.67 (per additional container)

Other Licensable Commodities

$4,000.00

$2,000.00

For any clarification, you may contact us at 876-967-0507, toll free at 888-367-8247 or info@tradeboard.gov.jm. Also, stay in touch with us on social media for the latest updates via Instagram – @thetradeboardlimited and Facebook @thetradeboard.
 


Signed:       Douglas Webster
Trade Administrator/CEO
The Trade Board Limited
April 8, 2020

 



Adjusted Operational Hours

 

Due to measures being implemented to curtail the spread of COVID-19 in Jamaica, effective April 1 – 8, 2020, we are open to the public:

Mondays to Fridays from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Customers are encouraged to utilize the online mechanisms in place to avoid physical contact as much as possible. This is in keeping with recommendations from the Ministry of Health and Wellness.

For assistance, you may contact us at 876-967-0507, toll free at 888-367-8247 or info@tradeboard.gov.jm. Also, stay in touch with us on social media for the latest updates via Instagram – @thetradeboardlimited and Facebook @thetradeboard.

Please remain safe during this challenging time for our nation.
 

Signed:     Douglas Webster
Trade Administrator/CEO
The Trade Board Limited
April 1, 2020


 

Trade Board Goes Online with Export Licences and CARICOM Certificates of Origin

Kingston, Jamaica: The Trade Board Limited announces electronic applications for export licences, starting Monday, April 6, 2020, amidst the effects of the COVID-19 disease. Customers can submit these applications via www.tradeboard.gov.jm/tb/Forms/exportform.pdf. Also, applications for CARICOM certificates of origin can now be uploaded to https://www.tradeboard.gov.jm/TradeAgreements/adminlogin.php. These measures will remain in force until further notice.

Douglas Webster, Trade Administrator/CEO advised that “this measure is a temporary one that is intended to safeguard staff and customers. We reviewed our operational procedures which led to the creation of this temporary, downloadable, online application form for export licences.” Also, Webster noted that “this move does not negate the impending launch of the Jamaica Single Window for Trade (JSWIFT). However, TBL has implemented this interim online application as a means of reducing the physical interactions within the office space and to provide an easier alternative for exporters. I must commend the staff, particularly those in the ICT Unit, for their tireless efforts in making this a reality.”

Director of Export Certification, Joan Butler added that “this move will be welcomed by the export community.” Butler asserted that “an electronic application is a benchmark for modern trade facilitation which fosters the ease with which business is conducted in Jamaica.” Furthermore, Butler stated that “the launch of an electronic application brings into focus the resiliency and tenacity of Jamaicans who are known to produce, even under pressure.” Butler reinforced that “the export community eagerly anticipates the launch of JSWIFT which will provide greater connectivity across agencies.”

Other Measures Implemented
The Trade Board Limited has also implemented the following strategies to serve its customers remotely.

  1. Only online applications for motor vehicle import licences and amendments will be accepted, until further notice. Please visit: https://tbis.fsl.org.jm
  2. CARICOM certification documents for export will be accepted via a drop-box in the customer area and processed within two (2) days.
  3. Manual scrap metal and firearm applications will be accepted, but customers will not be allowed beyond the designated customer service area.
  4. Effective April 1 - 8, 2020, adjusted operational hours for customers are Mondays to Fridays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Customers are encouraged to direct inquiries to info@tradeboard.gov.jm, or through direct messaging on social media via Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/thetradeboardlimited and messaging on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/thetradeboard.  

Also, TBL is taking this opportunity to encourage all to remain calm and follow the guidelines of the Ministry of Health and Wellness in practising good hand hygiene and social distancing as the Government of Jamaica intensifies its measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the island. If you require medical assistance, please contact 888-ONE-LOVE (663-5683) or 888-754-7792 or 876-542-5998.
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Contact:          Roshane Reid
                        Public Education & Public Relations Manager

rreid@tradeboard.gov.jm

 

Notice of Extension for Shipment of Vehicles


In accordance with the new age limit for the Importation of Motor Vehicles and Specific Heavy- Duty Equipment, facilitated by the amendment to Section 6.0 of the Motor Vehicle Import Policy (Ministry Paper # 36/14), which came into effect on November 6, 2019, a three (3) month extension for the shipment of vehicles has been approved. As such, The Trade Board Limited will continue to accept applications for the model year vehicles listed in the matrix below, under the following conditions:

  • Invoices for these vehicles must be dated on or before December 31, 2019.
  • All approved permits will have an expiry date of 31 March, 2020.
  • Vehicles must be duty-paid and cleared from the wharf on or before 31 March, 2020.
  • Requests for extension on the expiry date of permits to facilitate shipment will not be facilitated.

CATEGORY OF VEHICLE

TYPES OF VEHICLES

MODEL YEAR

APPROVED AGE LIMIT (YRS.)

CAR

Sedans - Seating Capacity not exceeding 5 persons.

2013

6

Station Wagons - Seating Capacity not exceeding 8 persons.

2013

6

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

2013

6

LIGHT COMMERCIAL VEHICLE

Buses - Seating Capacity not exceeding 8 persons

2013

6

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

2013

6

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

2009

10

Panel Vans

2009

10

Window Vans

2009

10

Buses - Seating Capacity 9-14 persons

2009

10

COMMERCIAL VEHICLE

Buses - Seating Capacity 15-20 persons

2007

12

Buses - Seating Capacity 21-30 persons

2004

15

Buses - Seating Capacity 31-45 persons

1999

20

Buses - Seating Capacity exceeding 46 persons

1994

25

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

1999

20

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

1994

25

Trucks - Unladen Weight exceeding 8,000Kg

1989

30

 

 

 

Signed: Douglas Webster
Trade Administrator/CEO
The Trade Board Limited
December 17, 2019

 

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.autoterminal.co.jp

Notice Auto Terminal


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