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Japan Used Car Import Duty / Regulation in Jamaica

Guidelines to follow while importing used vehicle from Japan :-

Shipping Port :-

The most recommended port for shipments arriving to Jamaica from Japan is Kingston.

Age limit on importation of motor vehicles :-

According to new age limit for the importation of used vehicles

  • Cars imported should not be more than 5 years old.
  • Pickups should not be more than 6 years.
  • Trucks, Trailers and other heavy duty equipments can be 10 years old.
  • Special purpose vehicles such as Ambulance, Fire Brigade, and Town cars, vehicles modified for physically challenged people should not be more than 10 years of age.

Right-Hand Drive vehicles :-

Import of right-hand drive vehicle is allowed in Jamaica.

Documents required for importing vehicle :-

  • Import license issued by the Trade Board Limited, which authorizes the importation of the motor vehicle.
  • Title: The document issued by the Government of the country where the vehicle was purchased, to the owner of the vehicle.
  • Two identification proof such as Passport, Driver's license, Nation Identification.
  • Bill of Lading :- It should contain necessary information about the vehicle, date of landing and the port of entry.
  • Invoice :- An invoice from the supplier is necessary for all vehicles importation.
  • Bill of Sight :- It contains details regarding the imported motor vehicle. It is a Customs certified document, prepared and signed by the dealer.
  • Tax Compliance :- It will be issued by Tax Administration Certificate Services Department.
  • Odometer inspection statement.
  • Import Entry (C87):- This import document should be presented to Customs by the broker and should contain all the details involving the vehicle, importer name, shipping information and the responsibilities.
  • Taxpayer Registration Number (TRN) :- A nine digit unique identification number obtained from Revenue Board.
  • Tax Compliance Certificate (TCC) :- A document obtained from Revenue Board as a proof that certifies that payments Certificate of tax liabilities and wage-related statutory deductions are up-to-date.

Import Duties and Taxes :-

  • Import duty 10-40%, vary depending upon the commodity being imported.
  • General Consumption Tax (GCT) :- It is applicable on all items except for Zero-rated and Exempted items. Current Rates: 17.5% on used vehicles.
  • Special Consumption Tax (SCT) :- It is applicable to only some petroleum products. SCT rates vary depending on the item.
  • Common External Tariff (CET) :- The rate of CET varies depending on the vehicle being imported. Current CET: 20% on Cars and Pick-ups whereas for Trucks, Vans and Buses CET is 10%.
  • Environmental Levy (ENVL) :- This will be applicable on all items that will have an impact on the environment. The rate for ENVL is 0.5% and is calculated on CIF value.

To drive the vehicle on the road :-

For registering the vehicle, Certificate of Fitness with the Import Entry documentation is required. The documents should be taken to the Revenue Service Center/ Tax Collectorate to register the vehicle and other purpose.

Other relevant Information :-

  • Every three years, Jamaica's residents or returning Individuals can import up to two motor vehicles; one motorcar and one light commercial vehicle or any two light commercial vehicles.
  • Proof of immigration status such as a Work Permit must be shown by Non-Jamaicans.
  • Returning residents may import an older car, if they have owned the vehicle for at least 6 months and approved by the Trade Board.
  • A warranty of 90 days is required if buyer want to sell the used vehicle.

Local Ports

Local ports in Jamaica

There are a total of five ports in Jamaica. They are Port of Montego Bay, the second major international port. Its operations include both cargo and cruise ship activities. The third being The Port of Ocho Rios which consists of two facilities - Reynolds Bauxite Pier and a cruise ship pier. The Falmouth Pier is another major port but this is restricted to cruise ship arrivals. This pier is capable of accommodating the new class of mega cruise vessels recently introduced to the industry. Port Antonio has two separate facilities; one is dedicated to cruise ship passengers - Ken Wright Pier, and the other handles cargo - Boundbrook Wharf.

Motor vehicles can only be shipped to the major port in Jamaica, The Kingston Container Terminal situated in Kingston, the capital of Jamaica. Their opening hours are Monday through Friday 8:00-4:00. Motor vehicles require a storage fee daily and any vehicle not collected within a maximum allotted period will be sold by auction to the highest bidder. The Port Authority of Jamaica owns The Kingston Container Terminal (KCT), which is operated by Kingston Container Terminal Services Ltd., a subsidiary of the Port Authority of Jamaica. Kingston Container Terminal is one of the region's leading container transshipment ports and consists of three terminals - the North, South and West Terminals.

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