Jamaica Customs Will be in Port Antonio Friday

Photo: JIS Photographer Director, Public Relations and Customer Service, Jamaica Customs Agency, La Donna Manning.

Story Highlights

  • The Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) is inviting residents of Portland to attend its ‘Customs in the Community’ event to be held at the Old Marina, Port Antonio, on Friday (November 17) from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Ms. Manning explained that the objective is to “create more awareness of our mandate and functions and for us as an agency to better connect with our customers and stakeholders, so that they may have a better understanding and appreciation of our operations as a government entity”.
  • Representatives from Customs’ parcel-post operations based at the Central Sorting Office, as well as representatives from the baggage hall at the airport and Kingston Wharves, will be present to explain the procedures for shipping and taking items into the island, including barrels.

The Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) is inviting residents of Portland to attend its ‘Customs in the Community’ event to be held at the Old Marina, Port Antonio, on Friday (November 17) from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Director of Public Relations and Customer Service, JCA, La Donna Manning, told JIS News that the event is the third in the series of quarterly information fora being staged by the agency as part of its public education thrust.

The other two were held in St. Elizabeth and St. Catherine earlier this year.

Ms. Manning explained that the objective is to “create more awareness of our mandate and functions and for us as an agency to better connect with our customers and stakeholders, so that they may have a better understanding and appreciation of our operations as a government entity”.

She noted that many persons are not fully aware of the policies and procedures, especially as they relate to charitable entities, so the forum will seek to clarify these.

“It is our way of moving beyond the walls of Customs and going into the various parishes and communities and speaking with the different groups, including the civil society groups, the citizen’s associations, the political representatives, the church leaders, school administrators, returning residents, vendors, farmers, entrepreneurs and just about anyone who will interact with Customs at some point in time,” Ms. Manning said.

She pointed out that in visiting a location, the agency looks at the demographics and tailors the presentation to meet the needs of the particular area.

She noted that Portland, which is mainly agriculture-based, is home to many returning residents, and the parish also attracts a lot of charitable donations.

As such, she said, the entities selected to make presentations include the Department of Cooperatives and Friendly Societies, the Pesticides Control Authority, and customs regulatory and border agencies.

Representatives from Customs’ parcel-post operations based at the Central Sorting Office, as well as representatives from the baggage hall at the airport and Kingston Wharves, will be present to explain the procedures for shipping and taking items into the island, including barrels.

The Department of Cooperatives and Friendly Societies, which is in charge of registering all charitable entities, will be there to outline the process, while the JCA will provide information about the procedures involved in clearing charitable items.

Ms. Manning said it is imperative that school principals make an effort to attend, so that they may be able to guide alumni and other donors on the procedures to follow.

Attendees will also be able to get their questions answered and share their experiences.

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