Customs to open some locations on Saturdays leading to Christmas

Thursday, December 14, 2017

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SOME locations of the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) will be extending their opening days to include Saturday, December 16 and 23 to accommodate the anticipated seasonal rush.

Speaking with JIS News, manager for Marine Wharves at the JCA, Alicia Christian Scott, said while Customs House will be open on both Saturdays, people using other warehouses should check to ensure the relevant ones are opened.

She also reminded customers who are collecting barrels and packages that they have 14 days within which to collect the packages, or this will attract an additional storage charge.

Currently, individuals are required to pay shipping fees to the shipping company, handling and storage fees, as well as fees to customs for the duties applicable.

There is also a concessionary rate of $6,500 each for barrels containing personal items such as clothing, food, toiletries and small household appliances.

Additionally, people travelling to Jamaica are allowed US$500 worth of personal effects as unaccompanied luggage being collected within two months of travel.

Christian Scott said people accepting packages should bring along a valid identification card; tax registration number, as well as the C27/Yellow Form collected when travelling.

She further advised that any person clearing a barrel on behalf of a party in whose name the container was shipped must have written authorisation from the individual that is signed and stamped by a justice of the peace (JP) or a notary public, as well as a copy of their identification, also certified by a JP.

Christian Scott, meanwhile, has appealed to customers using the ports to exercise patience, as the process will take a little longer during the busy season.




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