Many individuals choose to import a motorized vehicle, whether or not on account of desire or cost-effectiveness. Nonetheless, it’s essential to notice that there are a number of steps that have to be adopted to make sure the method strikes easily.
The primary transfer for anybody bringing a motorized vehicle or bike into Jamaica is to make sure the right licence is obtained earlier than starting the method of delivery a automobile right here.
Director of Licensing, Certification and Enforcement at The Commerce Board, Althea Matthews, stated, “At the moment, importers making use of to The Commerce Board Restricted for import and export permits could accomplish that by way of the Jamaica Single Window for Commerce Platform (JSWiFT). This platform permits a customs dealer to use for an import/export allow on behalf of a person or an organization, if they’re accredited to take action by the person or firm by way of JSWiFT. Alternatively, a person or firm, as soon as signed up and is accredited for an account on JSWiFT, can go forward and apply for their very own allow to import a motorized vehicle.”
The web platform will immediate customers to enter the automobile’s info, connect related documentation and make cost. Among the many paperwork to be submitted are an bill from the provider or invoice of sale; registration certificates, certificates of title or Japanese Export Certificates; tax registration quantity; pre-shipment inspection certificates; and one kind of legitimate identification and proof of citizenship, which can be a passport, driver’s licence or voter identification card. A returning resident’s letter can also be required for returning residents who’re importing a motorized vehicle.
Matthews additionally shared that a person or returning resident is allowed to import one motor automobile and one gentle industrial automobile, or two gentle industrial automobiles, or one gentle industrial automobile and an everyday industrial automobile as soon as each three years.
For returning residents, nevertheless, the automobile being introduced in should have been owned by them for no less than six months earlier than the applying to import is made.
What’s extra, restrictions are positioned on the age of automobiles which can be introduced into the island, with the age of bikes being capped at 5 years, whereas motor automobiles should not exceed six years. Age restrictions for gentle industrial automobiles to heavy-duty industrial tools differ and could also be discovered on The Commerce Board’s web site.
The time taken to import a motorized vehicle could differ as “it is dependent upon the importer, as importers are anticipated to fulfil sure necessities earlier than making use of for an import allow,” which incorporates having all of the required documentations and whether or not the automobile is coming from a jurisdiction the place a pre-inspection is finished. “Nonetheless, as soon as the importer has fulfilled all the required necessities, they will apply for an import allow by way of the JSWiFT platform, which is often accredited in 24 hours,” Matthews stated.