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  • Commissioner of Customs, Major (Ret’d) Richard Reese, says the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) is redoubling its efforts to improve revenue collection by implementing targeted strategies.
  • Major Reese advised that consequent on the decision, 25 companies are assessed every week to determine whether they are low-risk and compliant.
  • The Jamaica Customs Agency generates approximately one-third of the country’s taxes and duties.

Commissioner of Customs, Major (Ret’d) Richard Reese, says the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) is redoubling its efforts to improve revenue collection by implementing targeted strategies.

These, he says, include revamping the JCA’s operations and boosting manpower to better position the agency to work with clients in achieving improved compliance.

The JCA’s Chief Executive Officer was addressing a Kiwanis Club of downtown Kingston meeting at the Hotel Four Seasons on Monday, July 25.

Major Reese advised that consequent on the decision, 25 companies are assessed every week to determine whether they are low-risk and compliant.

He said entities deemed high-risk and non-compliant will now be subject to a 100 per cent inspection, up from a 25 per cent.

Additionally, he said each JCA inspection team has been increased to a minimum of three persons.

The Jamaica Customs Agency generates approximately one-third of the country’s taxes and duties.

Its net revenue intake for the first quarter of the 2016/17 financial year totalled $44.136 billion, surpassing the target by $2.183 billion or 5.2 per cent.