Country Guide: Jamaica

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Updated: November 25, 2015

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Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • 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.


Specific Information

  • 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.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Passport
  • OBL
  • Import license (which must be obtained prior to import)
  • Driver’s license (the shipper can drive in Jamaica for 1 year before a Jamaican license is required)
  • Insurance Certificate
  • Certificate of Title or registration documents
  • Vehicles require an invoice detailing the model, accessories and CIF value
  • Tax Compliance Certificate
  • Import entry C78


Specific Information

  • Used vehicles cannot be more than 5 years old and are taxable.
  • A Customs broker must clear motor vehicles.


Documents Required

  • Vaccination Record
  • Veterinary Health Certificate
  • Permit from the Veterinary Division of the Ministry of Agriculture (must be obtained prior to import)


Specific Information

  • Quarantine may be required.
  • Only dogs and cats born and bred in the United Kingdom can be imported.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • 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.

Prohibited Items

  • Drugs

Consignment Instructions

Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.


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IAM Note: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.