4 Tips You Need to Know on How Shipping Trucks to Jamaica Work
You have a truck that you want to send to Jamaica. Regardless of your reason why, the fact is that you need to know 4 steps on how shipping trucks to Jamaica is done.
Gather the Correct Documents and Get Approval to Ship Your Truck
Apply for Approval
Before you will be able to ship your truck to Jamaica you will need to apply to the Jamaica Trade Board for an Import Licence and receive approval. Apply for approval through the Jamaica Customs Agency. Also, check with the Embassy of Jamaica to get the most up-to-date information about import laws for motor vehicles, including trucks, to Jamaica.
If you require further assistance you can contact the Jamaica High Commission in the UK prior to export of your truck.
Prepare the Required Documents
To gain approval to ship your truck, you will need to prepare the required documents. The documents required will not only show proof that you own the truck you are shipping but that it is acceptable to come into Jamaica. These documents will be used to assess taxes through customs.
In addition to the following documents, pick-up and truck cabs, as well as Pick-up Beds will also require a permit from the Trade Board, Ltd. Prepare the following documents, and have them ready to show:
- Import License - The import license is issued by the Trade Board Limited. This licence will authorize you to import a truck as a 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 it was purchased and the VSC or vehicle title will be required at the port of entry.
- Vehicle Registration Document - the invoice needs to come from the supplier and is required for all vehicles being shipped.
- Bill of Lading/Order - The original Bill of Lading/Order or Sea Waybill must be obtained from the local clearing shipping agent with detailed information about the truck as well as the date it arrived in Jamaica and the port of entry, either Montego Bay or Kingston.
- Vehicle Valuation. This could be in the form of a receipt for a recently purchased truck, or an insurance valuation.
- Bill of Sight - A document with details about the truck that is being imported and is prepared and signed by the broker and then certified by Customs.
- Tax Compliance TCC - This will be obtained from Tax-Adminsitration Jamaica. This has to be from a main Tax office in a Parish of Jamaica.
- Simplified Administrative Document (eSad) obtained from customs JA - An electronic document that can only be completed by a licensed Customs Broker. It lists all of the particulars of the truck, the importer’s name, shipping information and the Customs duties are recorded. It is completed by the Customs Broker and submitted to Customs.
Finally, locate a suitable customs broker in Jamaica. 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 Will My Truck Be Shipped?
There are two main methods of how your truck may be shipped. The most common is the RORO, and the other is to ship it inside of a container. There are benefits to both. Mainly, the RORO method is less expensive but will expose your truck to the elements of wind, water, heat, cold. The container method is more costly but will protect your truck during shipment and allows you to include additional cargo inside the crate.
Roro, Roll On/Roll off Method of Shipping
One of the most common method used to ship a truck is called the RORO method which stands for Roll On/Roll Off.
RORO is the most cost-effective method of shipping to Jamaica, but it does leave the vehicle exposed to the elements during the entire process. The way it works is that the truck is driven on the board of a ship and secured. Then, it is driven off of the ship when it arrives at the port.
In order to be able to ship this way, you will need to remove all of your personal items from inside the truck or the truck bed prior to shipping. Shipping your truck empty and free of all other contents or accessories will make the customs process go smoother.
Try not to be tempted to fill the space in the truck cab or inside the bed of the truck with other items. Any additional item you ship will be valued by a separate department of customs. Normally a detention notice will be placed on the goods inside the truck 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. These extra steps will slow down the process of clearing customs.
Container Shipping Your Truck
The other method of shipping a truck is to use a container. This is a bit more costly but is considered to be the safest way to ship a truck to Jamaica and allows the vehicle to arrive in pristine condition.
It is especially useful if you want to use a container add other household goods or items you want to send along with your truck and kept together.
Your truck and additional cargo is sealed inside a container that is typically either 20 or 40-foot measured from the outside. The truck is secured inside the container to avoid movement during shipment.
Determining Worth of Truck
Before you can clear your truck through customs, you will need to pay customs duty. Expect to pay as much as 60 percent or more of the cost of your truck since custom’s levies in Jamaica are high.
Customs will assign a value to your truck to determine the duty cost.
To clear customs in Jamaica, Import Duty, Special Consumption Tax and a GCT is compounded. A processing fee and environmental levy is tallied and included in the aggregate Duty. In order to assess the proper value of your truck, invoices need to be presented to Customs.
There are special circumstances that may allow concessionary rates of duty on trucks, such as when the importer holds a job or position that entitles them to a concessionary rate. These jobs include 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.
Truck Import Limitations
Limit of Two Vehicle Imports Every Three Years
If you are a returning Jamaican resident, you will be allowed to import one motorized vehicle for private use as well as one light commercial vehicle every three years. A truck falls within these guidelines. 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.
Light commercial vehicles, such as pick-ups or some other trucks cannot be older than six years. Trucks used for transporting cargo must be less than fifteen years old, and in some cases ten. While those over 8000 kg have a twenty five year limit.
Make Sure You Have a Valid Driver’s Licence
After the truck arrives in Jamaica, you will need a valid driver’s licence and proof of vehicle insurance before you will be able to drive it. If you have an International driving licence, it will be valid for one year, and then you will need to get a local Jamaican driver’s license.
Trucks That Are Prohibited From Shipping
If your truck is damaged or has been salvaged, it is strictly prohibited for import at any time. You are also prohibited from selling the truck 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 the truck.
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