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. 

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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 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, 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.

Costs of shipping packages to Jamaica

2 things you need to know about cost to ship a package to Jamaica

How much does it cost to ship a package to Jamaica? When you want to send a package overseas and don’t want to pay the high cost for airmail or don’t have enough goods to fill an entire crate or barrel on a boat, you may be able to save costs of shipping packages to Jamaica from the UK. Of course, there is the initial cost of purchasing whatever it is that you are including in the package and then there is the actual cost to ship the package.

In addition to these costs, the main fee will be when the package reaches customs in Jamaica. Provided you have not shipped any prohibited items, the contents should clear, and this cost will be charged to the recipient who picks up the package.

Generally speaking, the two things you need to know about the cost to ship a package to Jamaica include the shipping price and any duties or taxes. Learn from the experts at Carib Shipping today about the different pricing & shipping structures.

Choose an international shipping carrier

Drums Size Dimensions shipping to Jamaica from UK

International parcel shipping by boat

While shipping by ocean vessel is usually the most cost effective way to send a parcel, if the package you are sending needs to arrive immediately, shipping it across the ocean may not be your best option. This choice can take anywhere from one to eight weeks. The two main Jamaican ports that allow the shipment of packages are Montego Bay and Kingston.

When shipping, a letter or document mailer typically weighs between 230g to 2kg and a parcel is a package that weighs 500g and above. Take your package to a postal shipping company who handles sending packages internationally across the sea. The clerk will weigh and measure your package. The costs involved at this step will include the shipping fee and any insurance you choose to purchase. Once it arrives in Jamaica, the recipient will be required to pay a duty to clear customs.

When shipping to Jamaica, there is typically a standard box rate that covers the warehouse receiving, tallying, and loading the cargo as well as documentation costs and ocean transportation charges. They are often sent as LCL Less than Container Load where a crate shares the space with multiple senders in order to fill the space. The rates are going to vary depending on the cubic space that your cargo occupies inside the shipping container along with local destination charges. Customs clearance and duties or taxes are the obligation of the receiving party.

Label and package properly

Pack your items securely and label correctly

Packing your items correctly can help you reduce costs of shipping to Jamaica a lot. When sending items as a parcel that are packaged and weigh more than 500g, you will need to show a valid government issued ID card, voters’ ID, or drivers’ licence or passport, TRN, full name, address, telephone number and/or email address of both the sender and the addressee.

Don’t seal your package or envelope as it will need to be checked at the counter. Fill out the shipping label to address it to the person or business in Jamaica. The label should list the person or business on the first line. The second line should include the full street address. The third line needs to list the city and province followed by the Parish. The last line should read, “Jamaica” or sometimes “Jamaica, W.I.”. There are no zip codes in Jamaica.

Fill out customs form

Paperwork and Logistics shipping from UK to Jamaica Barrels and Cargo

Provide proper paperwork

When you are sending a package to Jamaica, you will also need to complete a customs form to make it easier to clear customs once it arrives. Be sure to fill it out completely and itemize every item inside the package.

When your recipient picks up the package, they will need to bring a valid government issued ID, passport, national voters ID or drivers’ license. If someone is sent on someone’s else behalf to pick up the package, they will need an authorization letter from you, signed by you and stamped by a Justice of the Peace, a copy of your and their valid government issued ID. If the parcel is registered, they will need to present the registered slip at the post office when collecting the item.

Cover your valuables with protection from damage

It’s a good idea to also purchase insurance to make sure the contents of your parcels are covered from damage during transit. This insurance rate is based upon how much the items inside the package are claimed to be worth. At the very end, this one of the most important costs of shipping to Jamaica.

Don’t send prohibited items

Send only items that are allowedProhibited items to ship from UK to Jamaica

There are a few items that are prohibited from being shipped to Jamaica, so be sure that anything you send is allowed and not on the prohibited list. Some of these restricted items include dangerous articles, indecent items, illegal substances, medicine, live animals, and any item that may be harmful or offensive, including:

  • explosives
  • flammable items
  • compressed gases
  • corrosive liquids
  • oxidizing substances
  • poison
  • radioactive materials
  • pharmaceuticals
  • fresh meat
  • soiled clothing
  • plants or fruit
  • hides, skin, wool
  • tobacco
  • playing cards
  • salt
  • lottery tickets
  • alcohol
  • any indecent or obscene print
  • any threatening print
  • articles infringing trademark or copyright laws
  • writing or print impressed across the postage stamps before posting

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Dos and Donts Shipping to Kingston Jamaica

Shipping to Kingston, Jamaica doesn’t have to be overwhelming and complicated. So long as you follow some basic instructions and don’t violate any restrictions, your shipment will arrive safely to where you intend it to go. Follow these 5 Dos and Don’ts shipping to Kingston Jamaica and you'll get all the information you need.

Do's and Don't Shipping to Kingston Jamaica

Do make sure your shipment is the proper size, it’s packed securely, labelled well, and sent to the correct port

Barrel Shipping from UK to Jamaica Barrel Size Dimensions

Do measure and pack your items to fit within the barrel or crate 

Drum Shipping from UK to Jamaica Drum Size DimensionsMake sure the items you are shipping properly fit within the barrel or crate you are shipping it in. Remember that the measurements inside the container are slightly less than what the actual barrel or crate measures on the outside. Most crates come in 20 or 40 feet sizes, but there are smaller or odd-shaped options to fit your needs. To determine the actual space available for shipping, multiply the width by the length by the height of the inside measurements. See shipping sizing conversion charts for accurate details.

Do Pack securely and label your barrel or crate properly

Pack your items so they make it across the ocean. Be sure to put heavy items toward the bottom followed by any breakable items, placed inside a separate plastic container and surrounded with bubble wrap or soft, cushioned items. Finally, add any toiletries or items with heavy scents on top. Preferably wrap everything inside a plastic bag or plastic container as you pack. Secure with tape any corks or lids on items containing liquids.

Once your barrel or crate has been packed, be Barrel Shipping from UK to Jamaica Label Packaging - Dos and Donts shipping to Kingston to label it properly. Include the receiver’s name, first and last name, local post office to receiver, address of receiver, parish of receiver, and Jamaica, W. I. Write with big block letters so it can easily be read from a distance.

Do ship your cargo directly to the Kingston port

It may sound obvious, but when you are shipping to Jamaica, make sure your goods are going to one of the main ports, Kingston Wharves is one of the largest and most efficient port locations on the island. The staff on hand has experience handling shipments and will understand all of the rules and regulations for imports and exports.

 

Do use a reliable shipping company

Do trust your items to a professional

One of the easiest, most efficient, and fastest way to make sure you are following all of the dos and don’ts of shipping to Kingston is to hire a shipping agent. To make sure you are abiding by all of the rules and regulations of shipping to Kingston, it’s a good idea to entrust your goods with a shipping agent who is trustworthy and has experience with shipments to and from Kingston, Jamaica.

Shipping from UK to Jamaica Barrels Cargo Paperwork - Dos and Donts shipping to Kingston Do get your paperwork in order and cover your valuables with protection from damage.

The fastest and easiest way to make it through customs once your items arrive in Jamaica is to make sure you have all of your paperwork in order. To clear customs, you or the person picking up the shipment, will need a Bill of Lading, valid identification, and TRN along with possible additional paperwork if necessary.

Even the best packing job can go wrong when crates are being picked up with a forklift and moved on and off of the ship, stacked on top of each other, and then sent across an ocean where they will be unloaded and once again moved using a forklift. The most reliable way to make sure your items are completely protected is to insure them against damage and loss. When you insure your items, be sure to ask about cargo or all risk marine insurance. Make sure you also make a list of full valuation of everything you are shipping.

Take good pictures of each item before packing them as an extra precautionary step for proof of what you shipped and its condition before shipping, if it becomes necessary.

Don’t break the law or try to slip by shipping company rules and regulations

Don’t ship restricted items to or from restricted zones

  • There are limitations on shipping vehicles. In Jamaica, you are generally allowed to ship two allowed vehicles within a three-year period.
  • Avoid shipping to restricted zones. Check to make sure the shipping company handles the area to which you want to ship. Some do not do domestic shipping or serve zones where ground shipping is possible. Avoid shipping your items to destinations that require hiring a local agent to take responsibility for the cargo.
  • Don’t ship exports to restricted areas. Check restrictions on exports since they vary greatly across destination countries.
  • Do not send shipments that are improperly sized. Check to make sure your items fit and meet minimum or maximum measurement requirements.
  • Do not ship animals, perishables, weapons, illegal substances, dangerous products, or flammables.

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