High du­ties for im­por­ta­tion of mo­bile phones

Daily Observer (Jamaica) - - NEWS -

PEO­PLE im­port­ing mo­bile phone will be charged du­ties amount­ing to 45.8 per cent, whether re­ceived as a gift or pur­chased, Ja­maica Cus­toms Agency has said.

Cus­toms, in a re­lease, said the duty struc­ture for mo­bile phones is:

• Im­port Duty - 20%

• Gen­eral Con­sump­tion Tax - 25%

• En­vi­ron­men­tal Levy - 0.5% • Stan­dard Com­pli­ance Fee - 0.3%

Ac­cord­ing to Ja­maica Cus­toms, the above charges are cal­cu­lated on the Cost, In­sur­ance & Freight value, not­ing that a Cus­toms Ad­min­is­tra­tive Fee is also ap­pli­ca­ble to the clear­ance of goods.

“The Ja­maica Cus­toms Agency is Ja­maica’s prin­ci­pal bor­der man­age­ment en­tity, and its core mis­sion of fa­cil­i­tat­ing trade, op­ti­mis­ing rev­enue col­lec­tion and de­liv­er­ing high qual­ity cus­tomer ser­vice, un­der­pins the ne­ces­sity for the agency to con­form to in­ter­na­tional best prac­tices that gov­ern cus­toms ad­min­is­tra­tions world­wide,“said the re­lease. Im­porters of mo­bile phones will be charged du­ties amount­ing to 45.8 per cent whether re­ceived as a gift or pur­chased. ”As a core man­date, the agency col­lects gazetted du­ties and taxes on be­half of the Gov­ern­ment of Ja­maica, on goods im­ported into the coun­try. These gazetted du­ties and taxes are ap­plied ac­cord­ing to the First Sched­ule of the Cus­toms Act (The Cus­toms Tar­iff (Re­vi­sion) (Amend­ment) Res­o­lu­tion, 2018), and other leg­is­la­tion such as the Gen­eral Con­sump­tion Tax Act and the Stamp Duty Act,“it added. The agency said, too, that it is guided by in­ter­na­tional in­stru­ments of the World Cus­toms Or­ga­ni­za­tion as it re­lates to the clas­si­fi­ca­tion of goods, such as the Har­monised Com­mod­ity De­scrip­tion and Cod­ing Sys­tem.

Pas­sen­gers, 18 years and older, it said, are re­minded of their US$500 al­lowance that is given on all per­sonal ef­fects and house­hold items.

Cus­toms said while the agency con­tin­ues to im­prove its cus­tomer ser­vice mech­a­nisms and urged cus­tomers to re­port all com­plaints, make queries, or give their feed­back at the var­i­ous on­line plat­forms avail­able.

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