Cus­toms Agency sends warn­ing to im­porters

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

THE JA­MAICA Cus­toms Agency (JCA) is warn­ing im­porters to de­sist from im­port­ing goods without the rel­e­vant per­mits, for con­ceal­ing such goods, and for mak­ing a false dec­la­ra­tion, as they will be caught and will face the full penalty for breach­ing the Cus­toms Act.

This warn­ing fol­lows on the heels of yet an­other find in which an im­porter at­tempted to con­ceal a mo­tor cy­cle without the req­ui­site per­mit and for mak­ing a false dec­la­ra­tion to the Cus­toms Agency.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­lease from the JCA, on Septem­ber 30, the Fast Anti-Smug­gling Team of the Bor­der Pro­tec­tion Unit, in do­ing rou­tine checks at the Port Han­dlers Ware­house at Freeport in Mon­tego Bay, searched four bar­rels which an im­porter at­tempted to clear.


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

The im­porter had ini­tially de­clared that the bar­rels only con­tained food, cloth­ing and some bike parts.

The im­porter was in­formed that he was in Breach of Sec­tion 210 of the Cus­toms Act. The en­tire ship­ment has since been de­tained by the Agency.

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 goods ar­riv­ing in Ja­maica. En­sure goods are prop­erly clas­si­fied and the quan­ti­ties cor­re­spond with that doc­u­men­ta­tion sub­mit­ted. Also en­sure that: no excess goods are be­ing shipped and in­voices are au­then­tic; sup­port­ing doc­u­ments, such as the Tax Com­pli­ance Cer­tifi­cate, Cer­tifi­cate of Regis­tra­tion as an ap­proved charity etc., are valid; and doc­u­men­ta­tion for ship­ments to a char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tion bears the con­signee’s name and ad­dress.


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