Jamaica Customs Ceases Clearance of Rice at Ports with Immediate Effect

Photo: JIS Photographer Commissioner of the Jamaica Customs Agency, Major Richard Reese, gives his remarks at the 14th annual customs seminar of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce’s (JCC) Customs Tariff and Port Users Committee, held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston on September 24.(File photo)

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  • In keeping with recent media report of the distribution of rice, including ‘plastic rice’ in Jamaica, the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) wishes to advise that the organisation has temporarily ceased the clearance of rice at all ports of entry.
  • Members of the public are urged to call the JCA or the BSJ and report if they have bought this product or are aware of the place of distribution, so that steps can be taken for the removal of the product from the market.

In keeping with recent media report of the distribution of rice, including ‘plastic rice’ in Jamaica, the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) wishes to advise that the organisation has temporarily ceased the clearance of rice at all ports of entry.

In keeping with this matter, the JCA has convened a meeting with the relevant Regulatory Agencies, including the Bureau of Standards (BSJ), the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Fisheries, the Ministry of Health and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), in order to verify this breach, and the mechanisms for moving forward.

The meeting is currently taking place at the JCA’s Head Office, Myers’ Wharf, New Port East.

In the time being, members of the public are urged to call the JCA or the BSJ and report if they have bought this product or are aware of the place of distribution, so that steps can be taken for the removal of the product from the market.

The media will be further advised as it relates to the discussions emanating out of the meeting and the decisions taken.

A public advisory will also be issued with a view to protecting the health and safety of the population.

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