In order to determine the customs value for Customs duty purposes, it is necessary to have full knowledge of the facts relating to the commercial transaction involving the imported goods. The importer is required to furnish a written declaration of facts, on the forms prescribed by the Commissioner within the provision of Sections 222 and 258 of the Customs Act, in addition to the import entry and the commercial documents.
The Jamaica Customs Contraband Enforcement Team was established in 1987, by an initiative of the United States Customs Service. The unit came into existence as a result of the increasing volume of marijuana that was being trafficked from Jamaica to the United States, by commercial conveyances, that is, cargo vessels, and passenger aircrafts. The country's shipping and airline industries were enduring severe pressures from draconian fines levied on the operators of commercial ships and aircrafts detected with marijuana in the United States.
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