Cus­toms clar­i­fies cell phone im­ports

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

THE EDI­TOR, Sir:

THE JA­MAICA Cus­toms Agency (JCA) is the coun­try’s prin­ci­pal bor­der-man­age­ment en­tity, and its core mis­sion of fa­cil­i­tat­ing trade, op­ti­mis­ing rev­enue col­lec­tion, and de­liv­er­ing high­qual­ity cus­tomer ser­vice underpins the ne­ces­sity for the agency to con­form to in­ter­na­tional best prac­tices that gov­ern Cus­toms ad­min­is­tra­tions world­wide.

The agency col­lects gazetted du­ties and taxes, on be­half of the Govern­ment of Ja­maica, on goods im­ported into the coun­try. These 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 (GCT) Act and the Stamp Duty Act.

The JCA is also 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.

With re­spect to re­cent com­ments in the me­dia, in­clud­ing so­cial me­dia, the agency is re­mind­ing all im­porters that the duty struc­ture on mo­bile tele­phones, whether pur­chased or gifted, is as fol­lows:

I Im­port duty – 20%

I Gen­eral Con­sump­tion Tax – 25%

I En­vi­ron­men­tal levy – 0.5%

I Stan­dard com­pli­ance fee – 0.3%

The above charges are cal­cu­lated on the cost, in­sur­ance, and freight value. A Cus­toms ad­min­is­tra­tive fee is also ap­pli­ca­ble to the clear­ance of goods.

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

The agency con­tin­ues to im­prove its cus­tomer ser­vice mech­a­nisms and im­plores cus­tomers to re­port all com­plaints, make queries, or give their feed­back at the var­i­ous on­line plat­forms avail­able, in­clud­ing by email at quick.re­sponse@ja­cus­toms.gov. jm or pub­lic.re­la­tions@ ja­cus­toms.gov.jm; and the agency’s web­site at www.ja cus­toms.gov.jm via Live Chat and the Cus­tomer Re­la­tion­ship & Feed­back Plat­form.

Cus­tomers may also call the Pub­lic Re­la­tions and Cus­tomer Ser­vice Unit at 876-922-5140-8; toll free 1-888-287-8667; or 876948-7849.

LA DONNA MAN­NING Di­rec­tor, Pub­lic Re­la­tions & Cus­tomer Ser­vices Ja­maica Cus­toms Agency

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