Cus­toms cracks down on ‘bar­rel bike’

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

THE JA­MAICA Cus­toms Agency (JCA) is warn­ing im­porters to de­sist from im­port­ing goods without the rel­e­vant per­mits, be­cause who then con­ceal such goods and mak­ing false dec­la­ra­tions they will be caught and will face the full penalty for breach­ing the Cus­toms Act. The warn­ing comes on the heels of yet an­other find in which an im­porter at­tempted to con­ceal a mo­tor­cy­cle without the req­ui­site per­mit and make a false dec­la­ra­tion to the Cus­toms Agency. On Septem­ber 30, 2016 the Fast Anti-Smug­gling Team (FAST) of the Bor­der Pro­tec­tion Unit, in do­ing rou­tine checks at the Port Han­dlers Ware­house at Freeport in Mon­tego Bay, St. James, searched four bar­rels which an im­porter at­tempted to clear.

The search re­vealed that it con­tained food, cloth­ing and a dis­as­sem­bled mo­tor­cy­cle. The dis­as­sem­bled bike parts were re­moved from the bar­rels and it was ob­served that all the parts com­bined would com­prise a whole bike.

In this re­gard, Ja­maica Cus­toms re­minds all im­porters of the fol­low­ing:

Check if goods be­ing im­ported re­quire a per­mit or im­port li­cence.

Ob­tain a valid per­mit (where ap­pli­ca­ble) when ship­ping goods, prior to the goods ar­riv­ing in Ja­maica.

En­sure goods are prop­erly clas­si­fied and that the quan­ti­ties cor­re­spond with doc­u­men­ta­tion sub­mit­ted.

IIIALSO EN­SURE THAT:

No excess goods are be­ing shipped and in­voices are au­then­tic.

Sup­port­ing doc­u­ments such as a tax com­pli­ance cer­tifi­cate and cer­tifi­cate of regis­tra­tion for an ap­proved charity, etc., are valid.

IIDoc­u­men­ta­tion for ship­ments to a char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tion bears the con­signee’s name and ad­dress.

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