Work Permit and Visa Moving from UK to Jamaica

Moving to Jamaica – Work Permit & Visa [2021 UPDATED]

Finding a Job in Jamaica

Moving to Jamaica is an exciting decision. Jamaica is a developing country with a diverse economic system; that is, the private sector and the state lead the economy. The primary industries are tourism, agriculture, manufacturing, mining, and insurance and financial services. Currently, the average monthly salary after taxes is $ 1,000. In addition, English is a widely spoken language in Jamaica.

Employment opportunities for foreigners in Jamaica are somewhat limited, as local residents are theoretically given priority in the workplace to ensure that unemployment does not rise too high. That said, for specialized tasks with complex skills, you’re likely to have better luck. The employer should ask you for a work permit, then you should wait and hope that the Labor and Social Security Department feels generosity. Economic development projects are underway in the Kingston Harbor area, which will also increase employment opportunities.

Construction is also expanding, although most jobs in this sector are being taken by locals. However, if you have specialized skills in this field, you may want to look into employment opportunities.

Working Hours and Benefits in Jamaica

Seven days a week, including Sunday, are now considered working days. The workweek is limited to 40 hours, and you can work up to 12 hours in a 24-hour period. You will get overtime if you work outside of these hours.

The minimum wage is 7,000 JMD ($ 52) for a 40-hour workweek.

You are entitled to a maximum of 2 weeks' sickness benefit but the amount depends on how long you work for your employer. If you are pregnant, you are also entitled to 12 weeks of maternity leave if you have worked for your employer for one year but you will be only paid for 8 weeks.

Find a job in Jamaica as a UK expat
Find a job in Jamaica as a UK expat

Annual leave is complex and depends on the length of your work, but on average you are entitled to 2 weeks of leave per year.

Your spouse does not need a work permit if you are a Jamaican citizen, but if you are not, they can’t work on a visa and will need a separate permit if he/she is moving to Jamaica with you. If you are a citizen of the Commonwealth, your dependents (over the age of 18) can apply for a work permit upon arrival in Jamaica.

Requirements to Start Working in Jamaica as an Expat

When moving to Jamaica, without a work permit, you cannot legally work there but you must have a job offer before you can apply to the Labor and Social Security Administration (MLSS). You may apply for a permit at the time of your arrival in the country if you are a citizen of the Commonwealth.  U.S. citizens who are not Commonwealth citizens should ensure that they obtain a work permit before applying for a work visa at the Jamaican Embassy or Consulate.

The requirements mean that your employer will make most of the requests for you, but you will still need to provide:

  • work permit application (you must complete the first part and the employer must do the rest)
  • a letter from the employer describing the nature of the job and the reason why the Jamaican candidate could not be hired
  • your CV (s)
  • your qualifications (you must obtain apostille certificates or diplomas)
  • Updated police inspection
  • 2 photos
  • 2 copies of your passport
  • a complete tax registration request in the form of a tax certificate

You will have to pay an application fee, the amount of which depends on your profession - you can check this with the MLSS.

If you are self-employed, you can apply for a work permit through the MLSS. You will need the following documents:

  • nature and duration of the work
  • certified copies of your credentials
  • 2 passport photos
  • your CV (s)
  • Updated Police Authority File

You will need to pay a non-refundable processing fee of JMD$14,400 (US$109) but you will then need to pay for the permit itself (the duration of the permit determines the cost of it).

Besides your work permit, you'll also need an entry visa: certain countries have mutual visa arrangements with Jamaica, and before you formalize your arrangements you will be allowed to stay on the island for a limited period.

If you have a specialization or other qualifications and experience in the music or mining sectors, you might want to consider Jamaica as an option. Tourism in Jamaica continues to be a booming area: the Tourism Minister has projected that the tourism sector will provide 41,000 new jobs on the island by 2022.

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Apply For A Visa/Permit when Moving to Jamaica

If you are planning on visiting, working, or moving to Jamaica, you will need to apply for a visa. Read more about this process below.

Visas

If you are a British citizen, you do not need a visa to visit Jamaica and you are generally entitled to entry for up to 90 days. The date you must leave Jamaica will be stamped on your passport. If you wish to continue your stay after that date, you will have to apply to the Jamaican immigration authorities, but the government says Commonwealth citizens can be granted a maximum period of one year.
If you are a U.S. citizen, you will not need a visa for up to the first six months on the island, and you can request an extension from the immigration authorities.
If you are visiting the island on a cruise, you do not need a visa, although you will need to bring your passport/travel documents.
The Embassy of Jamaica, the High Commission, the Consulate General, or the local consulate is responsible for issuing your Visa for entry.
Only if you have applied for a residence permit you can apply for a long-stay visa. You need to submit your application in person for this kind of visa, and even children under the age of 18 must apply in person.

The following documents are required to apply for a Jamaica Visa:

• Photograph
• Passport (a valid one)
• Your return ticket/itinerary with a re-entry visa for the ones who are not citizens of the current country of residence or an extension ticket to another destination.
• The last statement of your bank account (to provide that you have sufficient funds for your visit).
• Hotel reservation confirmation or any kind of proof that proves you have the appropriate accommodation during your stay in the country.

From the UK, a visa costs £ 25 and an additional £ 7 for return. This must be paid in cash if you apply in person or by postal orders. Currently no personal checks or card payments are accepted.

Admission is $ 100 if you arrive without a visa and need it.

But people arriving at the point of entry without a required visa may be subject to a $ 350 fine.

The cost if you want to extend your stay after the visa waiver period is 50,000 JM ($ 357).

Requests submitted in person must be processed for at least three working days. If your visa application has been returned to the Jamaican authorities for approval or posted, allow processing to take 2-3 weeks.

Work Permits 

You cannot legally work when moving to Jamaica without a work permit, and you must have a job offer before you can apply for it through the Department of Labor and Social Security (MLSS). Please note that if you are a citizen of the Commonwealth, you can apply for a permit upon arrival in the country. If you are a U.S. citizen, you must obtain a work permit before applying at the Jamaican Embassy or Consulate for a work visa.

The requirements mean that your employer will make most of the application for you, but you will need to provide:

You will need to pay an application fee, the amount of which will depend on your profession. The Ministry of Labor and Social Security (MLSS) should verify this. 

You can apply through the MLSS for a work permit if you are a self-employed person. You will need the following documentation:

  • A work permit application (your employer wants to complete the first part, and the remainder)
  • A letter from your employer detailing the nature of the job and the reason why a Jamaican applicant could not be hired
  • Your CV/resume
  • Your qualifications (you will need to get any certificates or diplomas apostilled)
  • An up-to-date police clearance check
  • Two photographs
  • Two copies of your passport
  • A well-completed taxpayer registration application in the form of a tax compliance certificate

You will have to pay a non-refundable processing fee of JMD 14,400 (USD 109) as well as a fee for the permit itself, the price of which depends on the duration of the permit.

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What to Pack in a Barrel

A question we’re getting very often is “What can I pack in my barrels/drums?” or “What items are eligible to be shipped in a barrel to Jamaica?”.

The answer is, pretty much anything. Yes, that’s right. You’re allowed to ship barrels to Jamaica containing all different types of items and goods, as long as they’re not listed in the prohibited items list.

The most important thing to remember is to only pack ready-made products with a long lifespan.

Shipping by the sea can take up to two months, so always be considerate of the type of stuff you’re putting in your barrels.

What to Pack in a Barrel

 

Kitchenware

What to pack in a Barrel to Jamaica - Kitchenware dishes, utensils, cutlery, cups, pots and pans, jars, tupperware and plastic food containers.

Dishes, utensils, cutlery, cups, pots and pans, jars, tupperware and plastic food containers.

Kitchen Essentials

What to pack in a barrel: Kitchen essentials; food bags, plastic wrap, foil, and food clips

Food bags, plastic wrap, foil, and food clips.

Dried Food

What to pack in a Barrel to Jamaica - Dried food; dried pasta, noodles, tea bags, dried beans and legumes, rice, couscous, cold and hot drink powders (especially with sugar and milk inside), breakfast cereal, popping corn, biscuits, snacks, health foods and any type of protein powders.

Dried pasta, noodles, tea bags, dried beans and legumes, rice, couscous, cold and hot drink powders (especially with sugar and milk inside), breakfast cereal, popping corn, biscuits, snacks, health foods and any type of protein powders.

Tinned Food

What to pack in a Barrel to Jamaica - tinned vegetables and fruits, meat, fish, baked beans, soups, milk and desserts.

Tinned vegetables and fruits, meat, fish, baked beans, soups, milk and desserts.

Jars and Bottle Food

What to pack in a Barrel to Jamaica - Jars and Bottle Food; Peanut butter, spreads, jams, cooking oil, sauces, condiments, pickles, olives and coffee.

Peanut butter, spreads, jams, cooking oil, sauces, condiments, pickles, olives and coffee.

Household Items

What to pack in a barrel shipping to Jamaica - Household items: sewing kits, washing line, clothes hangers, clothes pins, and hangers.

Sewing kits, washing line, clothes hangers, clothes pins, and hangers.

 

Toiletries

What to pack in a Barrel to Jamaica - Toiletries; shampoo, shower gel, liquid soap, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, face cream, body lotion, face scrub / wash, deodorant, suntan lotion, cotton wool, earbuds, and razors.

Shampoo, shower gel, liquid soap, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, face cream, body lotion, face scrub / wash, deodorant, suntan lotion, cotton wool, earbuds, and razors.

Cleaning Materials

What to pack in a Barrel to Jamaica - Cleaning materials and detergents; washing up liquid, washing detergent for clothing, bleach, sponges, cloths, pot scrubbers and any other cleaning material.

Washing up liquid, washing detergent for clothing, bleach, sponges, cloths, pot scrubbers and any other cleaning material.

First Aid

What to pack in a Barrel to Jamaica - First aid; plasters (band-aids) bandages, antiseptic cream, allergy relief, tape, muscle rub, pain pills, flu/cold remedies, vitamins, bite relief, insect repellent, sickness relief, and rehydration salts.

Plasters (band-aids) bandages, antiseptic cream, allergy relief, tape, muscle rub, pain pills, flu/cold remedies, vitamins, bite relief, insect repellent, sickness relief, and rehydration salts.

 

Soft Furnishing

What to pack in a Barrel to Jamaica - Soft Furnishing; blankets, covers, bed sheets, shower curtains, curtains, towels, and bath mats.

Blankets, covers, bed sheets, shower curtains, curtains, towels, and bath mats.

School Supplies

School Supplies: pens, pencils, colored pencils, pencil cases, backpacks, notebooks, craft supplies, sketch pad, books, educational aids, other school supplies.

Pens, pencils, colored pencils, pencil cases, backpacks, notebooks, craft supplies, sketch pad, books, educational aids, other school supplies.

 

Hurricane Supplies

What to pack in a Barrel to Jamaica - Hurricane supplies: flash light, candles, rope, tarpaulin, umbrella, rain poncho, water boots, batteries, vessels to hold water, and counter-top gas plate (WARNING: DO NOT include the GAS cylinder!)

Flash light, candles, rope, tarpaulin, umbrella, rain poncho, water boots, batteries, vessels to hold water, and counter-top gas plate (WARNING: DO NOT include the GAS cylinder!)

That was a brief list of plausible items to pack in a barrel. Of course, there are many more items and goods that can be shipped. If you have any doubts regarding your items eligibility you can contact us.

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What NOT to Pack in a Barrel

 

Food that Needs Refrigeration

What NOT to pack in a Barrel to Jamaica - Do not pack any items that need to be refrigerated, such as meat, fish, cheese, or other dairy products

Do not pack any items that need to be refrigerated, such as meat, fish, cheese, or other dairy products.

 

Fresh Food / Plants / Live Animals

What NOT to pack in a Barrel to Jamaica - Do not pack any fresh vegetables or fruits, flowers or plants, any forms of live animals; including birds (iand eggs) / sea life / reptiles / insects or other organisms!

Do not pack any fresh vegetables or fruits, flowers or plants, any forms of live animals; including birds (iand eggs) / sea life / reptiles / insects or other organisms!

Baked Goods / Microwave Food

What NOT to pack in a barrel - Do not pack any freshly prepared products, or partialy cooked foods, such as breads and baked goods, pizza and pastry items, microwave and oven meals, and fast food

Do not pack any freshly prepared products, or partialy cooked foods, such as breads and baked goods, pizza and pastry items, microwave and oven meals, and fast food.

Flammables and Explosives

What NOT to pack in a Barrel to Jamaica - Do not pack anything that is flammable, corrosive, explosive or dangerous in any way!

Do not pack anything that is flammable, corrosive, explosive or dangerous in any way!

Matches/ Wet Batteries / Fireworks

What NOT to pack in a Barrel to Jamaica - Do not pack lighters, matches, gas cylinders of any kind, wet batteries (vehicle batteries) and fireworks.

Do not pack lighters, matches, gas cylinders of any kind, wet batteries (vehicle batteries) and fireworks.

Other commonly prohibited items include:

 

  • Plants
  • Perishable items
  • Drugs
  • Intoxicating beverages
  • Meat products
  • Tobacco
  • Firearms
  • Animals

Full list here.

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Jamaican Language - The voice of the island

Jamaican Language and Common Phrases

What languages are spoken in Jamaica?

The most commonly spoken language is Jamaican English, and then Jamaican Patois.

Jamaican English is the official language of Jamaica and is widely used in media, education, government, and business. The English used in Jamaica has mostly British grammar and spelling in its colonial history, but American English has also changed it over the years.

The majority of Jamaicans do not speak English as a mother language but learn it as a second language in school, the first being Jamaican Patois.

The most widely spoken language in the country is Jamaican Patois (also known as Patwa and Jamaican Creole).  While Jamaica is the official language, many Jamaicans speak Patois in their day-to-day casual conversations. Compared to 50,000 English-speaking Jamaicans, 2.7 million speak Jamaican, a kind of Creole English born during the slave trade. 

The Jamaican Patois is a blend of African languages, English, Arawak (the original Jamaican language), Portuguese, French, Irish, Chinese, Spanish, and Scottish. It was considered to be the worst language in its history but it has since been regarded as the language of liberty and independence in Jamaican history.

In addition to English and Jamaican Patois, what language do the Jamaicans speak, if anything? Arawakan, spoken by the indigenous people known as Taino, is Jamaica's only living indigenous language.

Jamaican boy with green eyes - Burning the culture barriers
Learning Jamaican language concept. Young woman standing with the Jamaica flag in the background. Teacher holding books, orange blank book cover.

Learning the Jamaican Language

 

It is good to learn a couple of phrases and words Jamaicans use in their everyday conversations when planning a vacation in Jamaica or start doing business there.

The official language of Jamaica is English, which means that tourists to Jamaica who speak English have no trouble interacting entirely with the local population. But learning more about Jamaican ducks can help you connect with the local people and make your journey or business a more positive experience.

It's not about mastering the local language to speak it fluently. To the local people you meet and communicate with on your journey, attempts to respect the local style of speech should be courteous.

If you take the time to listen to it you can easily understand the dialect. When the speaker is excited, words normally emerge fairly rapidly, but when there is a general conversation, the words come out much more slowly and are easier to understand.

"Patois" from Jamaica is conveyed as much by gesture and drama as by rhythm and sound. This is how people exchange thoughts and emotions with very passionate people. The language appeared as the voice of a special and proud people, far more than a means of communication.

Common Phrases in the Jamaican Language

Some common Jamaican phrases you might come across or find useful:

 

  • ‘Small up yuhself’

A good phrase to know when using crowded buses or taxis. It simply means making space.

Notice how similar it looks to the English phrase “Small up yourself”. 

 

  • ‘Weh Yuh Ah Seh’

The translation of the word to English is equal to "What are you saying?" or otherwise "How are you doing?" The sentence can also be spelled as' weh yaw seh.'

 

  • ‘Inna di morrows’

Used for saying goodbye.    "Tomorrow" will be the literal version, which means "see you later."

 

  • ‘Boonoonoonoos’

Boonoonoonoos is a word for love in the Jamaican language. In Engish, this means "special person". When visiting Jamaica, if you have a loved one with you, we suggest calling them a  "boonoonoonoos friend" to share your feelings. It is often used to denote things or objects that are also pleasant.

Jamaican man walking on the coast holding the Jamaican flag
  • ‘Mi Soon Come’

Literally, the Jamaican word means: I am there. But don't be mistaken if you’re told to come soon. The island's weather is much more slow and sluggish than the rest of the planet, so this expression could be interpreted from a few hours to a few days.

 

  • ‘Wah Gwaan’

If you heard the speech of former US President Barack Obama when he visited Jamaica ahead of his second term, you might have heard him greet his audience using this phrase. It is an informal welcome which means “How are you?” or “What’s up?”.

 

  • ‘Kick Up Rumpus’

Kick-up rumpus means getting a nice riotous time. It was also the title of Colourman and Jackie Knockshot's hit 1985 album.

 

  • ‘Lickkle more’

In other words, ‘see you later’ or ‘goodbye’. For example, mi see yuh likkle more den – means I’ll see you later then.

 

  • ‘Irie’

To say "all is well," the Jamaican proverb "Irie" is also used. Be conscious that to greet others, Jamaica has several varieties. When someone asks "How are you?", "My Irie" would be a reasonable response.

 

  • ‘Ya Mon’

"Man" is an important word in the Jamaican language for the locals and is often used when you speak to someone, whether it is a child or adult. "No problem" or "yes" is the English version of the Jamaican word "ya mon". For instance, if someone suggests to you a rum runner, you may want to say "Ya, mi!"

 

  • ‘Chaka-Chaka’

Chaka-chaka is used when something is being perceived as low performing, disorganized, and messy.

 

Jamaican currency exchange dollars to british pounds

Jamaican Currency and Exchange Rate to British Pounds

Jamaican Currency (J$ or JA$)

Jamaican Currency and Jamaican Dollars

The official currency of Jamaica is the Jamaican dollar (J $ or JA $). Jamaican banknotes have a face value of $ 100, $ 500, $ 1,000 and $ 5,000. Jamaican coins have a face value of $ 1, $ 5, $ 10, and $ 20 (older coins that currently have no real value but are still legal are denominated in 1, 10, and 25 Jamaican cents).

Most Jamaican places, even in remote areas of the island related to the tourism industry, accept Jamaican dollars and US dollars.

Places that are far from the main tourist areas, far from Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Negril, etc., and that are not related to the tourism industry, usually use only Jamaican dollars.

 

Exchanging British Pound to Jamaican Dollars

Jamaican dollars are available from banks, stock exchanges and hotels. However, because each merchant can set their own exchange rate, places located outside tourist areas usually offer very low exchange rates for all foreign currencies if they usually price their goods and services in Jamaican dollars.  Also, be careful with airport exchange rates. Credit and debit cards are accepted in major tourist areas, and Jamaican dollars can be withdrawn from ATMs.

However, holding cash British pounds still requires conversion. The British Pound is a highly convertible currency. The same goes for the Euro and the Canadian dollar. If you have pounds, you have two options.

You can only convert them to U.S. dollars if you plan to use this currency first, but we recommend that you convert them directly to Jamaican dollars. The use of Jamaican dollars is often cheaper in smaller guest houses, local shops, and restaurants because of local exchange rates.

What to be aware of when exchanging Jamaican currency

Exchanging British Pounds to Jamaican Currency

You should also exchange Jamaican coins back to your local currency, if possible, before leaving Jamaica, as they won’t have any when you return home. We recommend that you convert only the amount you need to avoid charging two exchange fees (fees for converting currency into Jamaican dollars or US dollars and then back to British pounds).

Also, do not Convert British Pounds to US Dollars in your home country, and then Convert US Dollars to Jamaican Dollars in Jamaica. Avoid additional conversion fees by converting only from British Pounds to Jamaican Dollars or US Dollars, and preferably do the conversion in Jamaica.

Note: The Scottish Pound is not considered a highly convertible currency in Jamaica. They need to be converted to British Pounds in the UK if you plan to bring pound banknotes to Jamaica if you move there or on holiday.

What are the parishes in Jamaica

What are the Parishes in Jamaica to Ship Barrels to? 

Wondering what are the parishes in Jamaica to ship barrels to? The island is divided into three counties – Cornwall, Middlesex, and Surrey – which are divided into 14 parishes.Located in the extreme southeast of the island, Kingston is Jamaica's capital, Kingston is Jamaica's largest city and capital, and an important commercial port. Each parish has a capital city, typically the center of commerce, and two parish capitals, Montego Bay in St. James and Kingston, have city status. Here is a list with all 14 parishes and their capitals, along with the price to ship a barrel door to door to each one of them. 

Surrey

Surrey County in Jamaica Map

Parish: Kingston, Capital: Kingston 

Parish: St. Andrew, Capital: Half Way Tree

Parish: Portland, Capital: Port Antonio 

Parish: St. Thomas, Capital: Morant Bay 

Middlesex

Middlesex County in Jamaica Map

Parish: St. Catherine, Capital: Spanish Town

Parish: Manchester, Capital: Mandeville

Parish: St Mary, Capital: Port Maria

Parish: St. Ann, Capital: St. Ann’s Bay

Parish: Clarendon, Capital: May Pen

Cornwall

Cornwall County in Jamaica Map

Parish: Trelawny, Capital: Falmouth

Parish: St. James, Capital: Montego Bay

Parish: Hanover, Capital: Lucea

Parish: Westmoreland, Capital: Savanna-La-Mar

Parish: St. Elizabeth, Capital: Black River

 

Detailed Jamaican Map

Jamaican Parishes Map

Kingston Parish in Jamaica

Kingston, Jamaica - Wikipedia

The capital of Jamaica, Kingston, is the smallest but most populous city on the island. It is in front of the world’s seventh-largest natural harbor, protected by the Palisadoes, a long sandy spit that connects the city of Port Royal and Norman Manley International Airport to other islands.

Colonel Barryn Hog ​​Crawle founded Kingston on July 22, 1692, as a refuge from the June 7 earthquake that destroyed two-thirds of Port Royal. Before the earthquake, Port Royal was home to English buccaneers and was known as the “worst” city in the world for the unbridled lives of the townspeople, including the private Sir Henry Morgan. Ship a Barrel Door to Door to Kingston Parish in Jamaica from £220 

St.Andrew Parish in Jamaica

St. Andrew was one of the first congregations in Jamaica to be established by law in 1867. Before its founding, it was known as "Liguanea," which was the word for the iguana Taino. St.Andrew is north, west, and east of Kingston. As Kingston's popularity grew, wealthy Kingston residents began buying an old "pen" from St.Andrew's. Corral "Originally a farm where cattle were raised, and until recently there were still many areas in St.Andrew called corals." "Plume" was soon considered a derogatory term for people's residences, and many of these enclosures were renamed "gardens". Ship a Barrel Door to Door to St. Andrew Parish in Jamaica from £220

 

Portland Parish in Jamaica

Portland Parish 2020: Best of Portland Parish, Jamaica Tourism - Tripadvisor

Portland is a parish that’s located on the northeast coast of Jamaica. It is located north of St. Thomas and east of St. Mary. The parish is known for its natural scenery, beautiful beaches, lush trees, numerous caves and rivers, and the top of the Blue Mountains.

Ship a Barrel Door to Door to Portland Parish in Jamaica from £230

 

St. Thomas Parish in Jamaica

Descending from the peaceful heights of the Blue Mountains to the pristine coast of southeastern Jamaica, St. Thomas Parish is one of the most beautiful on the island. It is bordered on the west by St. Andrew, on the north by Portland, and on the south by the Caribbean Sea. St. Thomas is bordered on the west by St. Andrew, on the north by Portland, and on the south by the Caribbean Sea. The land of St. Thomas stretches from the peaks of the Blue Mountains and Mount John Crow to sea level. Ship a Barrel Door to Door to St. Thomas in Jamaica from £220

 

St. Catherine Parish in Jamaica

The parish of St. Catherine is located on the south coast east of the parishes of San Andrew, to the west between Clarendon and the north between St. Ana and St. María.

St. Catherine was founded in 1867 when four small congregations came together and elected Queen Katherine (Catherine) of Charles II.

The parish has long been a center of population. There lived the pre-Columbian Tainos, followed by the Spaniards who built their capital, San Jago de la Vega (now a Spanish city). Today, Sainte-Catherine is the second most populous and fastest-growing congregation with a large industrial and agricultural industry. Ship a Barrel Door to Door to St. Catherine in Jamaica from £220

 

St. Manchester Parish in Jamaica

Manchester is located in the south of Jamaica. To the east is Clarendon Parish, while St. Elizabeth to the west and Trelawny to the north. 

On November 29, 1814, in the early 19th century, farmers at Clarendon Cafes, St. Elizabeth, and the hills of the then Blood Parish to form a separate parish.

In the days before the abolition of slavery, the population of Manchester was never as large as the surrounding parishes, because the mountainous terrain was unsuitable for growing sugar, which was the most profitable crop on the island at that time.

In 1942, Manchester was found to be one of the largest bauxite reserves in the country. Bauxite is a red mineral that is processed to produce alumina and finally aluminum. This discovery contributed to the growth and creation of the bauxite and aluminum industries in Manchester, which encouraged the rapid development of the church and, in particular, of Mandeville.

Today, Manchester's economy is deeply rooted in both bauxite and agriculture. Ship a Barrel Door to Door to Manchester in Jamaica from £230

 

St. Mary Parish in Jamaica

St. Mary borders Portland to the east, St. Anne to the west, and parts of St. Catherine and St. Andrew to the south.

St. Mary is known as one of the first parts of the island to be occupied by the Spaniards.

In 1760, around Port Maria, the most significant rebellion in Jamaican history erupted and ultimately spread to most of the island.

At the beginning of the 19th century, the parish had 63 sugar factories, but just three at the end of the century.

As sugar fell, banana cultivation came to a standstill. Ship a Barrel Door to Door to St. Mary in Jamaica from £220

 

St. Ann in JamaicaElevation of Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica - Topographic Map - Altitude Map

St. Ann, II. It is named after the wife of King James of England and is the largest of all parishes. It is known as the "Garden Parish" for its bauxite production, agriculture, and animal husbandry, and especially for its tourist attractions.

The parish is the oldest city in Taino / Arawak, Jamaica. When Christopher Columbus first arrived in Jamaica in 1494, he named the place where he first landed at Horseshoe Bay because of the peculiar shape of the land.

Located on the north coast of the island, St. Ann is bordered by the parish of St. Mary on the east and the parish of Trelawny on the west. Its southern boundaries are shared between the parishes of St. Catherine and Clarendon. Ship a Barrel Door to Door to St. Ann in Jamaica from £230

 

Clarendon

Named after the Lord Chancellor, Clarendon Earl Edward Hyde. and one of the youngest congregations in Jamaica, Clarendon was formed from a combination of three congregations: St. Dorothy's, Vere, and Clarendon's Old Parish. Before the merger, its capital was Chapelton. Clarendon is also home to the largest agricultural fair in the Caribbean - the Denbigh Agricultural Show.

Clarendon is located about halfway between the eastern and western ends of the island, in southern Jamaica. Its neighbors are St. Ann in the north, Manchester in the west, St. Catherine in the east, and the Caribbean Sea in the south. Ship a Barrel Door to Door to Clarendon in Jamaica from £230

 

Trelawny Parish in JamaicaTrelawny Parish 2020: Best of Trelawny Parish, Jamaica Tourism - Tripadvisor

Trelawny is bordered on the east by St Ann, on the west by St James, and the south by the parishes of St Elizabeth and Manchester.

The congregation, founded in 1770, was named after former Jamaican governor William Trelawny.

Trelawny has the indigenous peoples of the parish. The southern part of Trelawny is part of the Cockpit Land and is uninhabited. Therefore, it is a natural reserve of flora and fauna

With new attractions such as Falmouth Cruise Pier and a multi-purpose resort, Trelawny gets a well-deserved announcement among the benefits of tourism as it is one of the most attractive places in a highly competitive industry. Ship a Barrel Door to Door to Trelawny in Jamaica from £230

 

St. James Parish in Jamaica

Located in the extreme northwest of Jamaica, St. James is a suburban parish bordered by Trelawny to the east, To the south, St. Elizabeth, and to the west, Hanover and Westmoreland.

St. James was one of the congregational groups founded in Jamaica and is said to have been called Sir Thomas Modyford around 1655 by the Duke of York (who later became the ruling ruler of James II).

Also, the capital of the parish, Montego Bay, saw the last act of slave revolt on the island before it was released. Ship a Barrel Door to Door to St. James in Jamaica from £265

 

Hanover Parish in Jamaica

Hanover is moving around the extreme northwest of the island. It is situated to the west of St. James and the north of Westmoreland. The capital Lucea is situated in a beautiful harbor 25 miles west of the Bay of Montego and between the Halfway between the Bay of Montego and Negril.

The second smallest congregation in Jamaica, Hanover, was established in 1725 and named after George I, the reigning ruler of the British throne, who had come from the Hanoverian house in Germany.

Hanover often gets no recognition for its elegance and charm, and the nearby Montego Bay tourist destination is also overshadowed. Ship a Barrel Door to Door to Hanover in Jamaica from £265

 

Westmoreland Parish in Jamaica Negril Photos - Featured Images of Negril, Westmoreland Parish - Tripadvisor

Located on the west end of the island, Westmoreland is bordered to the north by the parish of Hannover and to the east by St. Elizabeth and St. Jacob.

The settlers called this parish Westmoreland in 1703 when the English captured the island from Spanish rule in 1665; it was probably named the westernmost point of the island. The capital, Savanna-la-Mar, became a port from which sugar was exported and dates from 1730.

The parish has dry and fertile land and a shallow relief that is well suited to sugar cane.

The wetlands, which are common to Westmoreland Parish, serve as a natural sanctuary for Jamaica's wildlife. Ship a Barrel Door to Door to Westmoreland in Jamaica from £265

 

St. Elizabeth Parish in Jamaica

St. Elizabeth is located in the extreme southwestern part of Jamaica, bounded on the north by James and Trelawny, the Caribbean Sea to the south, Westmoreland Parish to the west, and Manchester to the east.

St.Elizabeth is one of the oldest congregations in Jamaica. Originally containing much of the western part of the island, it was divided into parts of Westmoreland and Manchester in 1703 and 1814, respectively. Saint Elizabeth was named in honor of Lady Lady Modyford, wife of Jamaican Governor Sir Thomas Modyford from 1664 to 1671.

This small Black River town, now the parish capital, boasts its popularity in the 19th and early 20th centuries as a venue for fishing, colorful dances, and celebrations, often held at the ‘Court-House’ and its annual circus. which attracted visitors from afar.

The Black River, one of the oldest towns on the island, is the first to receive electricity.

Although the social situation has changed significantly, the parish has made progress in agricultural production, which provides most of Jamaica’s fruit and vegetable supplies. Ship a Barrel Door to Door to St. Elizabeth in jamaica from £265

 

Do you have any questions regarding the parishes in Jamaica to ship your barrels to? Feel free to contact us.

 

How much tax do I have to pay shipping from uk to jamaica

How much tax do I have to pay?

How much tax do I have to pay?

When shipping your barrels from the UK to Jamaica, there is a variety of different taxes needed to be paid before the shipment makes it to the final destination.

Every order is different. Every barrel is unique and comes with its own set of circumstances and pricing associated with it.  Therefore, we cannot give you a clear answer of the final amount as there are so many different variables that determine the final cost.

To save you confusion and headaches we’ve started delivering Door to Door from the UK to Jamaica, we’re clearing the items at the wharf and pre-paying all the fees and taxes on your behalf. Have a look here [link]

1. Import Duty/Customs Duty

This is the tax payable on imported goods. The rates of duty are published in the Jamaica Customs Tariff, which can be purchased from Jamaica Printing Services at 77 ½ Duke Street, Kingston, Telephone (876) 967-2250; www.jps1992@cwjamaica.com.

2. Stamp Duty

Postage Stamps amounting to the value of Jamaican Five Dollars ($5) must be affixed to receipts with a Cost Insurance and Freight (c.i.f.) value of Five Thousand Five Hundred Jamaican Dollars (J$5,500) and less. For receipts with values above this range, One Hundred Dollars ($100) worth of stamps must be affixed.

3. Additional Stamp Duty (ASD)

Additional stamp duty is payable on certain items e.g., chicken and most chicken parts, pork and some pork products, beef and some beef products; some aluminium products, alcoholic beverages, and cigarettes.

4. General Consumption Tax (GCT) and Special Consumption Tax (SCT)

The General Consumption Tax Act provides for two main types of taxes

These are General Consumption Tax (GCT) and Special Consumption Tax (SCT).

Since October 22, 1991, the General Consumption Tax (GCT) and Special Consumption Tax (SCT) have replaced several duties and taxes, e.g., Excise Duty, CARICOM Duty, Consumption Duty, Entertainment Duty, Retail Sales Tax, Hotel Accommodation Tax and Telephone Service Tax.

GCT is paid on goods and services except those items that are zero-rated and those that are exempted from GCT. Zero rated items are items that attract 0% GCT. Exempted items are items that do not attract GCT.

SCT is payable on a few items. These are alcoholic beverages, most tobacco products and some petroleum products.

Most items attract only GCT, while some attract both GCT and SCT.

5. Standard Compliance Fee (SCF)

This is a fee of 0.3% collected on behalf of the Bureau of Standards. SCF is calculated on the CIF value.

6. Customs Administrative Fee (CAF)

The Customs Administrative Fee is payable on the processing of documents, the examination of goods and on specific imported commodities.

7. Cost, Insurance and Freight (CIF)

Cost: This is the total cost of the goods abroad including ex-factory price, commission, mark-up and inland freight but excluding sales tax and interest. The cost of the goods is sometimes expressed as FOB (Free on Board) or FOA (Free on Air)

Insurance: This is the insurance charge which is payable to transport the goods to Jamaica in order to ensure that some compensation will be available to you in the event of the loss or damage of the goods.

If you have not paid any insurance charges when freighting your goods to Jamaica, an insurance charge is still applicable for valuation purposes. For goods arriving by sea, the insurance charge is 1.5% of the total Cost and Freight(c. & f.), that is, if the goods cost US$100 and the freight charge is US$50, then C&F would be US$100 + US$50 = US$150. 1.5% of US$150, i.e. 150 x 3/200 = US$2.25.

Total c.i.f. therefore is $100 + $50 + $2.25 = US$152.25.

For shipments arriving by air the insurance applicable is 1% of the total Cost and Freight. The insurance rate of 1.5% is applicable to marine cargo.

Freight: This is the amount of money paid or payable to the shipping agent or the airlines for the goods to be shipped or transported to Jamaica, including inland freight, packaging and handling charges.

8. Environmental Levy

0.5% of the CIF value of all imports

Note: If you’re shipping cargo and it’s at Berth 5 or 6 Warehouses, you will need to pay the KWL charges at the Kingsport Building.
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In a brief;  The fees involved may include Landing Fees, which are paid to the clearing local Agent. Expect to pay about JA $3,700.00.
Handling and Storage Fees, paid to Kingston Wharf, may be about JA $4,630.00.
Import Fees, such as customs duties, paid to Kingston Wharf might run around JA $6,500.00 .
Barrels containing “Personal Effects” or “Non-commercial” items attract a flat rate charge of JMD $6,500.00 (rate is subject to change). This roughly currently equates to about 38 Pound sterling.
Too much hassle? Try our “Door to Door” shipping service from UK to Jamaica, and get your barrels delivered to your recipient’s door without paying extra for taxes. We cover ALL taxes for you. 

Contact us for more useful information related to taxes and customs to clear in Jamaica using one of our social links below.

How to use the Sailing Schedule from UK to Jamaica

How to use the Sailing Schedule when shipping from UK to Jamaica

At Caribshipping, we offer fast, efficient shipping to Jamaica, with shipments sent out on a fortnightly basis. We require all barrels to be collected at least two days before the shipment is due to leave, to avoid any delays and ensure that the shipment is ready to depart on the UK sailing date.

There is a traditional trade route between the UK and Jamaica – Kingston and Montego Bay, making it possible to ship all types of cargo, including large container shipments for  furniture and vehicles or barrel shipments for toiletries and food. Find out more about the shipment services we offer in Caribshipping .

The sailing schedule from UK to Jamaica can be found here.

But how do I navigate all these different cells, you’ll ask. Let’s go through the different columns on the table:

Closing Date: This is the first thing you should consider before shipping. That means that your goods need need to be with us at our depot prior to the closing date. There is a closing day every 7 days. If the current day is 17/02 and the next closing day is 17/02, there is little time for placing an order, and getting your barrels/cargo collected for shipping. We highly recommend having your barrels ready for shipment and the collection date arranged at least 2 days before the closing date.
In this case, the next available closing day at 24/02 would be ideal.

Make sure you calculate the actual amount of time needed for your items to be collected.

Reading the Sailing Schedule from UK to Jamaica

UK Sailing Date:  This is the date your barrels/cargo will leave the UK and sail to Jamaica.  So you have to work out your dates in reverse.

If you want your goods to be available by, eg, 05/04/21 (if shipping to Montego Bay), you would have to book a collection with us no later than 21/02/21 to ensure we can have your goods at our depot before the closing date of 24/02/20. We will then load your goods into a shipping container. Your goods will leave the UK wharf on 03/03/21.

Estimated Arrival to Kingston: This is an estimated arrival day of your goods to Kingston wharf. The actual arrival day might differ based on circumstances or special events. It usually takes about a month.

Earliest pick up date Kingston: After your goods arrive at Kingston wharf, allow further and sufficient time for goods to be out turned and cleared before you’re able to pick them up. That usually takes 6 days. From the date listed and afterwards, feel free to visit the wharf to pick up your stuff.

Estimated arrival to Montego Bay: This is an estimated arrival day of your goods to Montego Bay wharf. The actual arrival day might differ based on circumstances or special events. It usually takes about a month.

Earliest pick up date Montego Bay: After your goods arrive to Montego Bay, allow further and sufficient time for goods to be out turned and cleared before you’re able to pick them up. That usually takes 6 days. From the date listed and afterwards, feel free to visit the wharf to pick up your stuff.

If there are empty fields on estimated arrivals, that means the specific shipment is destined for only one of the wharfs, either Kingston or Montego Bay.

For any questions regarding the Sailing Schedule from UK to Jamaica. feel free to contact us.

Why door to door shipping to Jamaica - Benefits and Advantages

Why Door to Door Shipping Service to Jamaica? | Benefits and Advantages

A lot of people ask us, sometimes, “What the hell is that you’re doing?”. That’s a good question. Well, we can confidently state that our company doesn’t jump off straight out of our website and smacks you on the face.  So in this blog post, we’re going to dive into the one aspect of our service: Door to door shipping to Jamaica from the UK.

We are very proud of the fact that we operate a service which is door to door for barrel shipping (and drum shipping … and just about everything else that a barrel can contain). Our competitors are not as committed to door to door as we are. They’re going to lay it down on their competent service and huge vans and shiny ships, but they’re not going to be as vocal about the fact that they’re going to drop your things off at your recipient’s door or a depot for them to pick up.

Door to Door Shipping from UK to Jamaica.Imagine that you’re moving house. Now imagine that you’re going to Jamaica or move back to the UK, the sheer amount of work involved is enough to make you think again. But that’s where Caribshipping is coming in. We’re here to pick up all your sealed barrels from the front door of your old address and ship them to the front door of your Jamaican destination, skipping the pick up from the wharf, and taking care of the shipping agent fees, tax and paperwork.

Of course, you don’t need to move out to another country at all. Let’s just say that you’re going to Jamaica on vacation from the UK and find that you’ve packed too much. Provided you book ahead of time, Caribshipping will ship your excess goods or other shipments in sealed barrels abroad to your holiday destination, door to door. No secret baggage costs, no waiting carousel, no bulky luggage to pull around and a lot less time spent in queuing. Think about it for a bit.

Whatever your reasons of wanting to ship your barrels from UK to Jamaica, we’ll take care of your shipment till it makes it to the front door of the recipient.

 

Why Door to Door Shipping Service?

Let’s have a look at the top benefits and advantages of the door to door shipping service from UK to Jamaica.

1: Time Saving

The number one reason why door to door delivery is preferred over the other methods is that it saves you time. Tons of it. From putting your documentation together (you can find all information you need on our blog), and how import taxes work (We got you covered), to actually making it to it’s destination safely (we know what we’re doing). And who has time for that anyway?

 

2: Saving Effort & Headaches

Transportation is the movement of people, objects and vehicles from point A to point B. The destination point typically depends on the transport system, whether local transport, door to door or intermodal transportation.

Furthermore, safety is of the utmost concern when it comes to shipping services. The service provider guarantees the safety of your shipment in door to door delivery services.

 

3: Saving Money

Normally, door to door delivery requires different costs for those involved in freight transport, which ensures a significant reduction in transit time. This method of shipping constantly saves money to those involved in the process. This is also most convenient for customers, as the shipping company provides you with a contract outlining the shipping costs to your destination.

Typical shipping facilities provide the pricing of the cost of transferring the product from one point to another. This expense excludes other items such as customs duty, import or export taxes or other costs or charges. Caribshipping covers all import taxes and international customs for you. On the other side, our door to door delivery is hassle-free and means that you don’t have to think about any additional costs after signing the contract.

 

4: It’s Simple

The whole transport operation may be difficult, it requires several steps because of part of the transport, but it is much simpler than it was before for everyone involved in it. Customers can no longer be part of the door to door delivery. More importantly, the door to door delivery of barrels makes travel much safer.

Our Door to Door Delivery streamlines the operation from start to finish and you’ll be able to track the process here.

We separate ourselves from the local competition by providing our customers with more information which you will find useful when it comes to assisting you shipping your barrels door to door to Jamaica from London.

Now we can’t offer a door to door service all across Caribbean-despite saying that it’s actually quite big, you know-but we run a comprehensive door to door service in our key areas in Jamaica so get an instant quote right now and see if we’re covering your area.

If we do, you’re not going to find a better deal anywhere else.

Note: If you need to ship a parcel, cargo or container, please check our other services. The door to door service is exclusively for barrels and drums.

 

Shipping motor vehicles to montego bay from UK

Shipping Motor Vehicles to Montego Bay, Jamaica

Shipping motor vehicles to Montego Bay, Jamaica: All the things you need to know

Whether you are currently a resident who has been living abroad, you are on a temporary work transfer, or just enjoying a really lengthy vacation, you want to drive your car around Jamaica when you arrive. The only problem is that there is an ocean between you, and you obviously cannot drive your vehicle across the water. The solution is to ship it. Send it ahead to be ready to drive upon your arrival.

 Shipping motor vehicles to montego bay jamaica from UK

 

If you are a returning resident or individual, you are allowed to import one motor car and one light commercial vehicle, two light commercial vehicles, or one light commercial vehicle and a regular commercial vehicle, not to exceed a total of two vehicles within a three year span of time. Before you do anything else, there are four things you need to know about shipping motor vehicles to Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Prepare the proper documents and get approval to ship motor vehicles

Container shipping your vehicle

If you ship other household goods with your vehicle, you won’t have to prepare the car, and everything is then sealed inside a 20 or 40-foot container. The car is secured to avoid movement during shipment. The container method is considered the safest way to ship motor vehicles.

 

Know the steps to take to ship motor vehicles

First, apply for approval.

Before you will be able to ship your motor vehicle or motorcycle to Montego Bay, Jamaica you will need to apply to the Jamaica Trade Board for an Import Licence and receive approval. Do this through the Jamaica Customs Agency. It is also a good idea to check with the Embassy of Jamaica to obtain all of the most up-to-date information about import laws for motor vehicles to Montego Bay.

If you require further assistance you can contact the Jamaica High Commission in the UK prior to export of your vehicle.

Gather the necessary documents for shipping motor vehicles to Montego Bay, Jamaica.

How much does it cost to ship a package to jamaica and what paperwork is neededTo get approval for shipping your vehicle, you will need to gather together the necessary documents. These include:

The import licence will be issued by the Trade Board Limited. It will authorize you to import your motor vehicle. To gain approval, you will need to show proof of ownership by presenting the vehicle registration document. This title must be issued by the government of the country where the vehicle was purchased and the VSC or vehicle title will be required at the port of entry.

The Sea Waybill or original Bill of Lading/Order must be obtained from the local clearing shipping agent with detailed information about the vehicle as well as the date it landed on the island and the port of entry.

The invoice needs to come from the supplier and is required for all vehicles being shipped.

The Bill of Sight is a document with details about the motor vehicle that is being imported and is prepared and signed by the broker and then certified by Customs.

The Tax Compliance TCC will be obtained from Tax-Adminsitration Jamaica. This has to be from a main Tax office in a Parish of Jamaica.

Finally, the Simplified Administrative Document (eSad) is an electronic document that can only be completed by a licensed Customs Broker. It lists all of the particulars of the vehicle, the importer’s name, shipping information and the Customs duties are recorded. It is completed by the Customs Broker and submitted to Customs.

You will need to locate a suitable customs broker in Jamaica when you attend. There are plenty of agents to chose from and these persons are frequently located at the wharf, or you can locate a list of verified brokers from UK Jamaica high commission.

How is the Value of your motor vehicle determined?

Determining value and duty

Costs calculation shipping vehicles and motors to Jamaica Kingston Montego Bay from UK

Import Duty, special consumption tax and GCT is compounded. A processing fee and environmental levy is tallied and included in the aggregate Duty. Customs will assign the value to the motor vehicle in order to determine the duty.

You can view list of calculated duties on this link

The WTO Agreement states that invoices should be presented to Customs so the proper value can be derived. There are special circumstances that may allow concessionary rates of duty on vehicles, such as when the importer holds a job or position that entitles them to a concessionary rate of duty for importing motor vehicles. Those who qualify are farmers, senior teachers, and government traveling officers. The Ministry of Finance must grant these concessions upon approval of an application submitted through the proper governmental channels.

Custom’s levies in Jamaica are high, so expect to pay as much as 60 percent or more of the cost of the car as custom duty. Just make sure you stay mindful of the expenses when shipping motor vehicles to Montego Bay, Jamaica.

VEHICLE SHIPPING COSTS FROM LONDON TO JAMAICA

Limitations for importing motor vehicles

Does the age of the vehicle matter?

Generally speaking, the vehicle cannot be older than 4 years. If you are a resident of Jamaica who has been living abroad, you are allowed to import two vehicles within three years with proper documentation.

In order to be able to drive your vehicle on the island, your International driving license is valid for one year after which time you will be required to attain a local Jamaican license. Jamaican car insurance is required before you can drive the vehicle away from the customs department. Light commercial vehicles, such as pick-ups, panel or window vans, trucks which seat between 9 to 14 passengers, and unladen weight less than 300 kg or 3 tons cannot be older than six years. Motor cars and motorcycles have a five-year limit.

Trucks used for transporting cargo weighing between 3,000 to 4,000 kg have a fifteen year limit, those weighing between 4001 to 8000 kg have a fourteen year limit, and those over 8000 kg have a twenty five year limit. Buses used to transport passengers have between twelve and twenty year limit depending on their seating capacity.

 

Limitations on Shipping Vehicles from UK to Jamaica

Limitations for importing motor vehicles

Motor vehicles that are damaged or are in salvaged condition are strictly prohibited for import.

Also, legally, you are prohibited from selling your vehicle for at least one year after it has been imported.

If it is damaged during shipping , you will need to wait about three years.

Contact us for more useful information related to shipping to Montego Bay, Jamaica from the UK using one of our social links below.

Shipping Motor Vehicles to Kingston Jamaica

Shipping Motor Vehicles to Kingston, Jamaica

4 things you need to know about shipping motor vehicles to Kingston Jamaica

So, you have a car that you want to send ahead so it’s ready to drive when you arrive at Jamaica. Or, you are a resident who has recently returned to Jamaica and need your motor vehicle to follow. Regardless of your reason why, the fact is that you need to know how to ship a motor vehicle to Kingston, Jamaica. Before you take another step, follow these four things you need to know about shipping motor vehicles to Kingston, Jamaica.

Shipping Time for a Barrel to Reach Jamaica from UK

How will my car be shipped?

RORO, Roll On/Roll Off Method of shipping

A very common method used to ship a vehicle is the RORO Roll On/Roll Off method. This is the most cost-effective method of shipping to Kingston. The way it works is that the car is driven on the board of a ship and secured. Then, it is driven off of the ship. In order to ship this way, you will need to remove all accessories and personal items from the car prior to shipping. Due to the way that customs work in Jamaica, it is advisable to ship your car empty and free of contents. Try not to be tempted to fill the space in the boot or inside the vehicle with household goods. These are valued by a separate department of customs. Normally a detention notice will be placed on the goods inside the vehicle and these removed for separate valuation. This can lead to loss of your goods as they will not be kept in a sealed storage unit. Usually they are palletised and removed to a separate berth on the wharf for valuation of duties.

Though a bit more costly, the container method is considered the safest way to ship motor vehicles. It is especially useful if you want to use a container to ship your vehicle and perhaps have other household goods or items you want to send along with your vehicle. Your car and other cargo is sealed inside a 20 or 40-foot container. The car is secured to avoid movement during shipment.

Prepare the proper documents and get approval to ship motor vehicles

The first step is to apply for approval

Before you will be able to ship your motor vehicle or motorcycle to Kingston, Jamaica you will need to apply to the Jamaica Trade Board for an Import Licence and receive approval. Do this through the Jamaica Customs Agency. It is also a good idea to check with the Embassy of Jamaica to obtain all of the most up-to-date information about import laws for motor vehicles to Montego Bay.

If you require further assistance you can contact the Jamaica High Commission in the UK prior to export of your vehicle.

Prepare the necessary documents

How much does it cost to ship a package to jamaica and what paperwork is neededTo get approval for shipping a motor vehicle, you will need to gather together the necessary documents. The documents required will not only show proof that you own the vehicle but that it is acceptable to come into Jamaica and will be used to assess taxes through customs. Prepare the following documents to have on hand:

The import licence will be issued by the Trade Board Limited. It will authorize you to import your motor vehicle. To gain approval, you will need to show proof of ownership by presenting the vehicle registration document. This title must be issued by the government of the country where the vehicle was purchased and the VSC or vehicle title will be required at the port of entry.

The Sea Waybill or original Bill of Lading/Order must be obtained from the local clearing shipping agent with detailed information about the vehicle as well as the date it landed on the island and the port of entry.

The invoice needs to come from the supplier and is required for all vehicles being shipped.

The Bill of Sight is a document with details about the motor vehicle that is being imported and is prepared and signed by the broker and then certified by Customs.

The Tax Compliance TCC will be obtained from Tax-Adminsitration Jamiaca. This has to be from a main Tax office in a Parish of Jamaica.

Finally, the Simplified Administrative Document (eSad) is an electronic document that can only be completed by a licensed Customs Broker. It lists all of the particulars of the vehicle, the importer’s name, shipping information and the Customs duties are recorded. It is completed by the Customs Broker and submitted to Customs.

You will need to locate a suitable customs broker in Jamaica when you attend. There are plenty of agents to chose from and these persons are frequently located at the wharf, or you can locate a list of verified brokers from UK Jamaica high commission.

Cost value of your motor vehicle musts be assessed

Costs calculation shipping vehicles and motors to Jamaica Kingston Montego Bay from UK

Determining value

Custom’s levies in Jamaica are high, so expect to pay as much as 60 percent or more of the cost of the car as custom duty.

You can view list of calculated duties on this link

To clear customs in Kingston, import Duty, special consumption tax and a GCT is compounded. A processing fee and environmental levy is tallied and included in the aggregate Duty. Customs will assign the value to the motor vehicle in order to determine the duty.

 

VEHICLE SHIPPING COSTS FROM LONDON TO JAMAICA

The WTO Agreement states that invoices should be presented to Customs so the proper value of your motor vehicle can be derived. There are special circumstances that may allow concessionary rates of duty on vehicles, such as when the importer holds a job or position that entitles them to a concessionary rate, farmers, senior teachers, and government traveling officers. The Ministry of Finance must grant these concessions upon approval of an application submitted through the proper governmental channels.

 

Limitations for importing motor vehicles

Limitations on Shipping Vehicles from UK to Jamaica

Two vehicle limit every three years

If you are a returning Jamaican resident, you will be allowed to import one motorised vehicle for private use as well as one light commercial vehicle every three years. These two vehicles could be two light commercial vehicles or one light commercial vehicle and a regular commercial vehicle. Either way, they are not to exceed a total of two vehicles for shipment within the three-year span.

How many years old can my vehicle be for shipping?

When shipping motor vehicles to Kingston Jamaica, the vehicle cannot be older than 4 years. Of course, this breaks down to specific categories. If you are a resident of Jamaica who has been living abroad, you are allowed to import two vehicles, as described above, within a three-year period so long as you provide all of the required documentation.

Light commercial vehicles, such as pick-ups, panel or window vans, or some trucks cannot be older than six years. Motor vehicles have a five-year maximum limit. Trucks used for transporting cargo must be less than fifteen years old, while those over 8000 kg have a twenty five year limit. Buses used to transport passengers must be less than between twelve and twenty years old depending on their seating capacity and other criteria.

Is my licence valid to drive in Kingston, Jamaica?

Once the vehicle has arrived, to be able to drive on the island, it’s important to understand that your International driving license is valid for one year after which time you will be required to attain a local Jamaican license. Jamaican car insurance is also required before you will be allowed to drive the vehicle away from the customs department.

Prohibited motor vehicles

Motor vehicles that are damaged or have been salvaged are strictly prohibited for import at any time. Also, you are prohibited from selling the vehicle for at least one year after it has been imported. If it is damaged during shipping, you will need to wait about three years before selling.

Contact us for more useful information related to shipping to Kingston, Jamaica from the UK using one of our social links below.