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  • The Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) is advising that persons wishing to return and settle permanently in Jamaica and wish to make use of the incentives offered by the Customs Agency, must adhere to all existing policies and guidelines governing the importation of items.
  • To date, a submission has been made to the JCA’s Advisory Board for review, after which recommendations will be made to the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service (MOFPS) for its determination.
  • While these deliberations are being undertaken, the JCA is reiterating that all existing policies and guidelines remain in effect, and urges returning residents to comply in order to prevent any undue discomfort in clearing their goods for resettlement.

The Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) is advising that persons wishing to return and settle permanently in Jamaica and wish to make use of the incentives offered by the Customs Agency, must adhere to all existing policies and guidelines governing the importation of items.

CEO/Commissioner of Customs, Major (Ret’d) Richard Reese says that the JCA has noted the issues of concern that have been put forward by the Jamaica Association for the Resettlement of Returning Residents and has had dialogue with the group led by its president on matters of eligibility, criteria and entitlements.

Additionally, the Agency has had consultations with the broker associations – Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association (CBFFAJ) and the Jamaica Society of Customs Brokers (JSCB), in an effort to ensure that all stakeholders involved are meaningfully engaged.

To date, a submission has been made to the JCA’s Advisory Board for review, after which recommendations will be made to the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service (MOFPS) for its determination.

While these deliberations are being undertaken, the JCA is reiterating that all existing policies and guidelines remain in effect, and urges returning residents to comply in order to prevent any undue discomfort in clearing their goods for resettlement.

A Returning Resident  must be a Jamaican national who has attained the age of eighteen (18) years, be landed in Jamaica on a valid Jamaican passport or on an international passport that is endorsed with the unconditional landing stamp by the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA).