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
, cosmetics, or antiques. Restricted and prohibited commodities include some types of used vehicles
, 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.