Looking for an easy way to ship your cargo to Jamaica?
Choose the best freight forwarder for shipping your goods to Jamaica from the US, Canada, or any other country.

Shipping cargo to Jamaica, whether it is for the first time, or on a regular basis, can be a challenging experience. Many factors must be considered when shipping to Jamaica.

If you are not entirely familiar with the Caribbean market, you should consider a cargo shipping company that understands the business culture, the language, the customs regulations, and has a proven track record of success in carrying out cargo shipping to Jamaica.

OUR FREIGHT SERVICES TO JAMAICA

Over the past 20 years, we have helped countless importers and exporters continue building stronger relationships with their clients by providing excellent logistics and freight forwarding services.

Through our expertise, our vast network of carriers, and our understanding of the business culture, we are able to offer a variety of international ocean and air freight shipping services to and from Jamaica.

OCEAN FREIGHT - CONTAINER SHIPPING TO JAMAICA

Interested in shipping containers to Jamaica? We offer both Full Container Load (FCL) and Less Container Load (LCL) shipping services to Jamaica from all around the world.

In addition to standard ocean shipping solutions, we provide specialized transportation services for all kinds of cargo, including open tops, flat racks, roll-on/roll-off, break bulk and oversized shipments.

The major ports of Jamaica are the port of Kingston - one of the biggest container terminal in the Caribbean islands - and the ports of Montego Bay and Port Antonio.

AIR FREIGHT SHIPPING TO JAMAICA

Thanks to our vast network of air freight carriers we offer daily and weekly departures to the Norman Manley International Airport of Kingston and the Montego Bay Sangster International Airport. Our air freight services include airport-to-airport and airport-to-door shipments, as well as door-to-airport shipments.

Latin American Cargo’s Charter Services is also the perfect solution if you need your freight imports to be transported quickly and cost-efficiently to Jamaica.

MAIN SEAPORTS AND FREIGHT AIRPORTS IN JAMAICA

  • MAIN BREAKBULK AND CONTAINERS SEAPORTS: Port of Kingston, Port of Montego Bay, Port Antonio
  • MAIN CARGO AIRPORTS: Norman Manley International Airport, Kingston (KIN), Sangster International Airport, Montrego Bay (MBJ)

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT WHEN SHIPPING TO JAMAICA?

Jamaica not only has very different regulations than the United States or Canada, but its communication methods and business etiquette are very distinct as well:

Jamaica's corporate culture is relationship-driven. Jamaicans value trust, honor, and camaraderie. Personal relationships are more important to them than formal business connections, as is the norm in the U.S. or Canada. As a result, it is imperative to develop easy-going business relationships with Jamaicans because they may be more loyal to you personally than to your company.

Jamaicans are also known for their flexibility and spontaneity. Additionally, they view time differently than Americans and Europeans - often more relaxed.

Jamaica has the unique distinction of being regarded as a bilingual country due to its ethnic diversity reflected in its national motto "Out of Many One People". English is the official language, but Jamaican Patois, a creole based on English, is also widely spoken.

DOING BUSINESS WITH JAMAICA IS THE RIGHT DECISION

Despite China's increasing importance in international trade, Jamaica still imports many goods from the USA, Canada, Colombia, Brazil, or Europe. They supply Jamaica with agricultural raw materials, chemicals, food, petroleum, machinery, transport equipment, vehicles, manufactured goods, metals or textiles.

The increasing number of bilateral free trade agreements has contributed to an upswing in Jamaica's economy, which has had a positive effect on its global supply chain. As a result, the number of shipments from the US, Canada, China, or Europe to Jamaica has grown exponentially over the past few years.

With LAC by your side, your cargo shipping capabilities to Jamaica will be strengthened. We have experienced professionals who are very familiar with the market requirements in Jamaica, which is key to avoiding delays during the importation process. Our team provides you with all the tools you need to break into the local market, headache-free.

What makes us your ideal logistics partner?

Each country on every continent has its own laws, guidelines, customs regulations, documentation requirements, controlled and prohibited goods lists, communication norms, and cultural biases. If you want to be successful when importing or exporting to Jamaica, you will need a logistics partner who knows the local business landscape and speaks the local language.

Our team of experts can provide you with the best shipping rates as well as superior freight forwarding services. The combination of our experience, skills, and local contacts guarantees that your goods will reach Jamaica quickly, safely, and worry-free.

In other words, LAC is the best freight forwarder to help you ship to Jamaica from Canada, the United States, Latin America, and other regions.

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IMPORT AND CUSTOMS PARTICULAR

When shipping internationally by sea or air to Jamaica for the first time, assistance will be highly recommended, since there are several restrictions, prohibitions, and guidelines to consider.

WHAT PAPERWORK IS NEEDED FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPMENTS TO JAMAICA?

Documentation requirements vary depending on the category of goods being shipped and can get quite extensive. They usually include Commercial invoice, Bill of lading / Air waybill, Packing list, Insurance certificate, and Certificate of Origin (if required). To avoid delays or hassles when shipping to Jamaica, your packing list must be as detailed as possible. Vague wording like “miscellaneous” attracts negative attention and further inspections.

WHAT ARE THE REGULATIONS AND RESTRICTIONS WHEN SHIPPING TO JAMAICA?

Regulations can be strict on certain categories of goods being imported to Jamaica. Prior authorization or special permits may be needed for certain items such as agricultural products, processed foods, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, or antiques. Restricted and prohibited commodities include some types of used vehicles and machinery, foods and live animals, spirits and wine, and some types of toxic wastes.

Dues and tariffs are usually based on the total value of the shipment, and, depending on how well-documented the shipment is, the Customs officials could determine those values on the spot.

International Cargo shipping to Jamaica is easier with LAC as we have overcome these obstacles many times and have developed a thorough understanding of the customs procedures.

QUICK FACTS & ECONOMIC SNAPSHOT ( Source: IMF - World Bank, 2020/2021)

  • Capital: Kingston - Other Main Cities: Portmore, Spanish Town, Montego Bay, Kingston
  • Population: 2,973,462 (Urban Population: 57.0%)
  • Official languages: English, Jamaican Patois (or Patwa)
  • Time Zone : GMT - 5
  • Currency: Jamaican Dollar (JMD)
  • GDP: 13.64 billion USD / Growth: 4,6 % / Per Capita: 4,587 USD / Inflation Rate: 5.9%
  • Total Imports of Goods: 4,96 billion USD
  • FDI Inward Flow: 265 millions USD (1,9% of GDP)
  • Ease of Doing Business Score (2020): 71th / 190

TRADE OVERVIEW

  • MAIN IMPORTS: Petroleum, Motor Vehicles & Parts, Electrical Machinery and Equipment, Food & Beverage, Plastics, Cereals, Pharmaceuticals Products
  • MAIN EXPORTS: Aluminium, Spirits and Liqueurs, Fruits, Vegetables and Nuts, Petroleum, Ores, Coffee and spices
  • BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES: Agricultural products, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, machinery and transportation equipment, renewable energy, construction, logistics
  • PRINCIPAL TRADING PARTNERS: USA, Canada, China, Guyana, Brazil, Mexico, Japan, Colombia, Europe (Netherlands, Germany, Spain)

Ship freight to Jamaica from anywhere in the world

Ship containers or any type of cargo to Jamaica with our ocean and air freight forwarding services. Our skills and knowledge make us your most reliable partner when shipping freight to Jamaica from anywhere in the world: the US, Canada, China, Europe, and more.

Choose LAC, your best international freight forwarder to safely ship your cargo to Jamaica!

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