Moving To Jamaica

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Customs Regulations for Jamaica

  • Passport – copy
  • Visa
  • Residence Permit
  • Bill of Lading/Air Waybill – original
  • Unaccompanied Baggage Form C27- obtained at airport upon arrival
  • Import Entry Form C78
  • Taxes Compliance Certificate
  • Inventory list
  • Customs Declarations Form C5
  • Documentation of stay abroad for minimum of three years
  • Documentation attesting to intention to re-establish permanent residency
  • The customer must be in Jamaica at the time of Customs clearance.
  • Used household goods and personal items can be imported duty free provided that the goods were owned and used by the customer for at least six months prior
  • Goods must be imported into Jamaica within three months of the customer’s arrival, if not the C27 Form must be renewed.
  • Once the items are examined a duty based on the CIF value between five to 40 percent plus a 15 percent Government Consumption Tax will be applied to the items.
  • Works of art, paintings, carpets and antiques – duty free if part of household goods shipment
  • Canned foods
  • Two-way radios and similar telecommunication devices
  • Medication – must state the value on inventory, requires an Import License and Drug/Poison Permit and valid prescription.
  • Wedding Trousseaux – Passenger Declaration for returning nationals
  • Inheritance – requires death certificate
  • Plants – require Ministry of Agriculture Permit and Fumigation or Health Certificate
  • Appliances, electronics, machinery – require invoices, Import License, Form C27, must be compatible with 220/110V 50 cycle electrical system
  • New items – require invoices/receipts
  • Alcohol – one bottle each of wine or spirits per person duty free, anything more incurs duty
  • Tobacco – 200 cigarettes or half pound of loose tobacco
  • Narcotics/illegal drugs of any kind
  • Firearms – must have prior permission from Commissioner of Police and the Trade Administrator
  • Pornography and subversive material
  • All publications of deLaurence Scott and Company and Red Star Publishing of Chicago, IL.
  • Explosives, weapons, ammunitions
  • Tablets containing diphenhydramine hydrochloride
  • Certain brands of crayons from China and Thailand
  • Oil of gin or cognac and rum coloring solutions
  • Fictitious stamps and instruments, counterfeit coins of any country
  • Sugar – except under license
  • Honey and coffee in any form
  • Fur-bearing goatskin products unless properly shaven, cured and cleaned

Only pets bred and raised in the U.K. are permitted entry and quarantine is required. Birds are prohibited to enter from any country.

Required Documents

  • Ministry of Agriculture Permit – obtained prior to importation
  • Certificate of Vaccination and Health

Returning residents are allowed to import two vehicles, new or used, (one commercial and one personal) during a three year period. Used vehicles cannot be more than four years old and autos must not exceed 2800cc’s. The customer must use a customs broker to clear a vehicle. Duty is applicable and will be assessed by a Customs authorities, according to the car’s value on the local market.

Required Documents

  • Import License and Tax Compliance Certificate
  • Certificate of Title and Registration
  • Commercial/Purchase Invoice
  • Driver’s License and International Insurance Policy (green card)

NOTE – Customs regulations are subject to change at any time. The proceeding information is a brief summary of customs regulations applicable to household goods shipments to this destination and is being provided for general guidance to assist our Agents and Customers. Since such regulations are subject to change without notice, International sea & air shipping cannot be held liable for any costs, damage, delays, or other detrimental events resulting from non-compliance. Always double check with your local embassy or consulate.

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How International Sea & Air Shipping can help for moving to Jamaica

We can make your move to Jamaica a fantastic experience! Why wait? Get support from our moving experts who will monitor the entire process of your move. Your own personal expert will outline your moving options based on the moving criteria such as:

  • How long do you intend to stay in Jamaica?
  • What is your preferred method of shipping your belongings, sea or air?
  • Are you moving alone or with family? For business or personal reasons?

How Much Does it Cost to Move to Jamaica

The cost of your move will be calculated based on the weight and volume of your shipment.
If you are opting for additional services such as international car shipping, those services will be added separately to your estimate.

To get an accurate estimate, contact International Sea & Air Shipping to schedule your in-home estimate or fill out our quote form to make an appointment today!

About Jamaica

Jamaica is an island nation located in the Caribbean and is a part of the Greater Antilles. Located about 145 kilometers south of Cuba and 191 kilometers west of Hispaniola, it is the third-largest island country in the Greater Antilles. Kingston Harbor of Jamaica is the seventh largest harbor in the world.

Known for the Rastafarian movement, Jamaica is also well-known for reggae music and is the birthplace of musician Bob Marley and Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt.

Jamaica has a mixed economic system with state and private enterprises. Major economic sectors in Jamaica include agriculture, mining, manufacturing, tourism and financial/insurance services. Tourism and mining are the leading source of income and major earners of foreign exchange. Half of Jamaica’s income relies on tourism and other services, and an estimated 1.3 million tourists visit the island every year.

Moving to Jamaica from the U.S.

Are you planning a move to Jamaica? Be sure to call International Sea & Air Shipping to ensure a hassle-free moving experience. We offer a wide variety of international moving services and our international moving experts will help you ever step of the way.

Call us today to schedule your no-cost moving estimate today at 1 (866) 788-1090.


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