Personal Importing


Express Clearance Process

What are Personal Items?

The Jamaica Customs Agency defines personal items as those goods whose nature, quantity, and intended use indicate that they are for private, personal or household consumption and do not reflect any commercial intent.

Personal items therefore include all articles (new or used) which a traveller may reasonably require for his or her personal use during the journey, taking into account all the circumstances of the journey, but excluding any goods imported for commercial purposes.


Documents Required When Clearing Personal Items

  1. Valid identification such as Passport, National ID or Jamaican Driver’s Licence.

  2. Taxpayer Registration Number (TRN)

  3. Bill of Lading or Airway Bill

  4. Proper Invoice (where applicable)

  5. Import Permit or Import Licence (where applicable)


Personal Goods Imported Through The Post Office

  1. The Central Sorting Post Office will oversee the Customs clearance of packages on behalf of the importer/recipient and arrange delivery to the local post office based on the address provided.

  2. Packages with a Free on Board (FOB) value of US$100 or less will not attract Customs charges. However, if the value is greater Customs charges will be calculated on the full value. It is therefore important that the invoice be included in the package, or presented to Customs to assist with the assessment of the items.

  3. If payment is required it should be made to the Post Office Cashier where the package is being collected.

  4. If a package is detained by Customs an advisory will be sent to the recipient from the Post Office, stating the reason for the detention and what is required.


Personal Goods Imported Through A Courier Agency

  1. Depending on the arrangement between the Courier Agency and the importer the goods can be cleared either by the Courier Agent on behalf of the importer, or the clearance process can be done by the importer at the warehouse where the goods are stored.
  2. Personal goods with a FOB value greater than US$100.00 will attract the applicable Customs charges.


Clearing Personal Goods as an Arriving Passenger

  1. All arriving passengers, 18 years and older, have a duty free allowance of US$1,000.00 for personal and household goods. This includes both accompanied and unaccompanied luggage.
  2. Arriving passengers with unaccompanied personal items should join the red channel in the Customs Passenger Terminal and advise the Customs Officer.
  3. Personal items in excess of the US$1,000.00 may be subject to customs charge which will be calculated on the excess value.
  4. Minors (younger than 18 years) are not entitled to theUS$1,000.00 allowance. However, they are allowed their personal items.


Unaccompanied Personal Goods Imported Via Air or Sea Port

  1. When clearing unaccompanied personal goods it is important that the stamped Passport or Immigration Kiosk Slip (along with the other clearance documents) be presented to the Customs Supervisor at the warehouse where the goods are being cleared. This represents proof of travel and will allow the supervisor to verify what portion of the US$1,000.00 was not utilized.
  2. The unused portion of the US$1,000.00 will be applied to offset the value used for assessment of applicable customs charges .
  3. The minimum cost to clear a barrel containing items for personal use is JA$6,500.00.




5 Easy Steps to Clear a Barrel & Other Packages


Step by Step guide to clearing your barrels and packages from our Warehouses.

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The Charities Act implemented by the Charities Authority and the Registrar of Charities took effect on December 24, 2013. All entities seeking to be certified as a charitable institution, or to obtain benefits under the Charities Act, must first be registered with the Department of Cooperatives and Friendly Societies (DCFS). Information on registration requirements and procedure can be obtained from the DCFS’s website at

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Motor Vehicle

Do you intend to import a motor vehicle/motor cycle? If yes, you must first apply to the Trade Board for an Import Licence and receive same before making arrangements for the shipping of the vehicle to Jamaica.

Prior to importation vehicle must be inspected and issued with a Pre-inspection Certificate from the country of export.


Documents Required To Import a Motor Vehicle or Motor Cycle:


Issued by the Trade Board Limited authorizing the importation of the vehicle.


Issued to the owner of the vehicle by the government of the country where the vehicle was purchased.


​​Obtained from the shipping agent


An invoice from the supplier is required for all vehicles


Obtained from the Tax Administration Jamaica


The Special Declaration is prepared by a Licensed Customs Broker and must be signed by the importer



Is there an age limit for the importation of motor vehicles?
Yes. Please contact the Trade Board for further information on the age limits for motor vehicle

What is the method used for determining the value of motor vehicles?
Under the World Trade Organization Agreement, invoices are to be presented to Customs from which the value for duty will be derived.

Can I import and clear my own motor vehicle?
The clearance of all motor vehicles must be done by a Licensed Customs Broker.

Do returning residents qualify for concession on motor vehicle importation?
No. However, the Trade Board will allow Returning Residents to import vehicles older than the stipulated age limit.

Who qualifies for concessions on motor vehicle importation?
Concessionary rates of duty on vehicles are usually given in special circumstances, for example, when the importer holds a job or position which entitles him to a concessionary rate of duty on the importation of a motor vehicle. People who qualify include farmers, senior teachers and government traveling officers.

Who grants these concessions?
Applications are submitted through the various government ministries to the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service.


NOTE: Import Duty, Special Consumption tax and GCT is compounded, The processing fee and environmental levy is included in the aggregate Duty.



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