Customs Information

Jamaica - All


  • Copy of Passport (data page and landing stamp) (2 copies)
  • Work Permit or Residence Permit if not a Jamaican citizen
  • Unconditional stamp if Jamaican and arriving on foreign passport
  • Tax Compliance Certificate for import of auto/commercial goods
  • Tax Registration Number
  • Inventory / Packing list
  • Original Bill of Lading (OBL) / Air Waybill (AWB)
  • Unaccompanied Baggage Declaration Form (C.27) provided at the airport upon arrival in Jamaica or at Customs interview
  • Letter of Employment
  • Returning residents must also provide the following documents:
    • Customs Declaration Form (C.5) provided to the Customs Officer at the time of arrival
    • Letter notarized by a J.P. confirming place of residence if staying with a friend or relative or a copy of Rental / Lease Agreement, etc.
    • Documents proving customer has lived outside of Jamaica for more than three years
    • Document stating Customer’s intention to re-establish permanent residence in Jamaica
    • Letter of separation from employer at origin (foreigners)
    • Tax returns for the last 3 years (foreigners)
    • Pay Stubs, W2, P45 (foreigners)
    • Invoices or bills from residence abroad (foreigners)
    • Copy of Retirement Papers/Pension Advice, P60 (foreigners)
    • Evidence of the Disposal of Property owned (foreigners)
    • Copy of Sale of Agreement / Purchase Agreement (foreigners)
    • Evidence of property acquired (returning citizens)
    • Copy of utility bill, such as electric bill, water bill, etc. (returning citizens)
  • Tax receipt (returning citizens)
  • Lease Agreement (returning citizens)
  • Evidence of employment (returning citizens)
  • Letter from Institution attended (returning students)
  • Copy of 1-20 ID (returning students)
  • Copy of Transcript (returning students) Note: All documents should be originals or stamped by the J.P. as true copies.


  • The shipper must be in Jamaica during Customs clearance. Returning residents may import one new appliance or electronic equipment / computer, used household goods and tools of trade duty-free. Duty charges are determined after the examination of goods by Customs at the stripping station and are based on the CIF value. They are generally between 5% to 40% plus taxes of approximately 23.8% compounded, depending on the item assessed. Electrical and electronics equipment may not be compatible with the Jamaica electrical system 220/110V 50 cycle.


  • A returning resident can import two new or used autos (one commercial and one personal) in any three year period
  • Used cars cannot be more than 5 years old and used pick-up/trucks cannot be more than 6 years old.
  • Customer will require a customs broker

Documents required:

  • Import License which must be obtained before auto is shipped
  • Passport
  • Driver's license (Customer can drive in Jamaica for one year before a Jamaican license is required)
  • Insurance Certificate
  • Certificate of Title or registration documents
  • Vehicles require invoice detailing the model, accessories and CIF value.
  • Tax Compliance Certificate


  • permit from the Veterinary Division of the Ministry of Agriculture must be obtained prior to importation
  • Quarantine may be required
  • Dogs and cats born and bred in the United Kingdom are the only dogs and cats permitted importation


  • Meat - requires a certificate
  • Ground Provisions - require a certificate
  • Fruits and Vegetables - require a certificate
  • Drugs - require a PSD certificate  
  • Used Types - require a certificate
  • Radios (two way) - require a permit
  • New items (dutiable if less than 6 months old for non-returning residents and invoices must be provided)
  • Firearms and ammunition (except where prior permission has been obtained from the Commissioner of Police and Trade Administrator) and drugs.


  • Coins - base or counterfeit of any country
  • Indecent or obscene prints
  • Photographs
  • Cinematography films
  • Lithographs
  • Engraving books
  • Packages or packets having there on, or the cover thereof, any words, marks or designs which are grossly offensive or, of an indecent or obscene character.
  • Drugs