Shipping Possessions To Jamaica.What
You Need To Know.
Compiled from various books and experience
by Bill Evans
The following information
is provided as a guideline to assist you in making an informed
decision on what to take and how to go about putting it all together.
Rules and Regulations concerning some items are confusing at best
and may change so please be advised you must verify everything
with the appropriate agency before making the final decision on
what you can include and how much it may cost.
The type of goods you can take back to Jamaica
fall into three basic groups.
- PERSONAL AND HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS: These are
items of furniture and household equipment, which you may need
to establish a home in Jamaica.
- TOOLS OF THE TRADE: That type and amount
of instruments, tools, equipment, devices and machinery as would
be usually used in the normal course and scope of a person's
profession, trade or occupation without utilizing additional
labor (i.e. items must be for sole use of the individual to
generate income, individual must be qualified to use them and
the type and quantity for personal usage and not to be resold).
- BUSINESS OR INVESTMENT EQUIPMENT: When you
are considering starting a business which requires the importation
of equipment other than allowed as tools of trade, there may
be other concessions and assistance available to you. Business
people and investors are encouraged to consult with JAMPRO,
Jamaica's Economic Development Agency, at their several locations.
The Department and the Overseas Missions have supplies of brochures
prepared by JAMPRO, which describe that organization's role
and services, and are available on request.
A Returning Resident can ship Personal and Household
goods or Tools of the Trade into Jamaica as UNACCOMPANIED BAGGAGE.
UNACCOMPANIED BAGGAGE is defined as those goods that are going
to Jamaica but not physically with you as a carry on or checked
baggage on your flight home to Jamaica. A Shipping Agent or Freight
Forwarder will prepare a Bill of Lading listing the items you
are shipping. The original copy will accompany your goods to the
wharfage or warehousing company responsible for their storage
until they are cleared. A copy of the Bill of Lading along with
the name of the local agent of the shipping company or airline
in Jamaica that carried your goods will be given to you by the
Keep this with you on your flight home to Jamaica.
You will be contacted when your goods have arrived and are ready
for pickup. Note: storage costs are payable for goods that are
kept at the port for more than seven (7) days after the ship's
During your journey to Jamaica, you will be
given Customs Declaration Form C.5 to present to the Customs Officer
at the airport. Be sure you indicate the number of pieces of Unaccompanied
Baggage you have shipped. You can get this from the copy of the
Bill of Lading. On presenting the Customs Declaration Form C.5
to the Customs Officer, you should indicate you are a Returning
Resident and that you require an Unaccompanied Baggage Declaration
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