JAMAICALogistic and forwarding services in Jamaica
Gross national product (GNP)
USD 15.5 Mrd.
GNP per person
USD 5600 (est.)
Financial exports to Switzerland
CHF 12.1 Mio.
Financial imports from Switzerland
CHF 2 Mio.
Bilateral relations Switzerland–Jamaica
Swiss relations with Jamaica are good, but not particularly intense.
Trade between Switzerland and Jamaica is minimal. In 2015, Switzerland imported goods worth CHF 2.33 million, essentially agricultural products, mainly cocoa and alcoholic beverages. Swiss exports totalling CHF 11.12 million mainly consisted of watches and machines and, to a lesser extent, chemical products.
Dimensions and weights
Jamaican Dollar (B$) = 100 cents (c). Currency floated.
ISO code: JMD
Most goods can be imported without a licence. Licences are only still required for around 50 goods positions which can be found on a list issued by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Technology. Another list (Restricted List of Imports) contains all of the goods for which there are import bans, including (with exceptions) passenger cars, lorries, car replacement parts, weapons, gaming machines and some pharmaceutical products. Exceptions to these can be approved by applying to the “Trade Board”. The licences are generally valid for 6 months. The goods must arrive before the licence expires.
Foreign currency restrictions were lifted in 1991, but there is still a lack of foreign currency.
Standard VAT rate: 16.5%
Imports are subject to controls from USD 2.500. The certificate number must be communicated to the shipping or air freight agents before loading.
Terms of payment and tenders
Standard letter of credit, confirmed, irrevocable, in the case of a good relationship also documents against payment.
Tenders in USD CIF Kingston (where possible) or FOB port of export. Tenders in English, where possible USD CIF Kingston or FOB port of export.
Designations of origin
Are only required on goods and packaging if English is used. Then mark with “Made in …” if applicable. Comply with the ban on misleading information.
Comply with the labelling regulations for pharmaceutical items and foods. The labelling must show the name and address of the manufacturer and the importer, precise information on the content, filling quantity and expiry date of the product are expected.
Seaworthy packaging as a protection against rough treatment, heat and moisture, ask the importer. Prefer container loading.
Duty free where there is no retail value. For samples subject to duty brought by travelling salesmen ask for deepened details.
Shipping and accompanying documents
a) Commercial invoices, 3 copies, in English; uncertified, recommended as a form using the ECE template; company letterhead possible; standard, extensive information, particularly the country of origin; the following declaration at the end of the commercial invoice: “It is hereby certified that this invoice shows the actual price of the goods described, that no other invoice has been or will be issued and that all particulars are true and correct.” Original signature. Photocopies signatures are not accepted.
b) 1 certificate of origin in English, certified by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce for goods which are subject to licences. As the origin, indicate “Swiss” in the case of Swiss goods, or “European Union” for goods originating from UE.
c) Proof of preferential status:
EUR.1 (issued by the customs office)
Declaration of origin on the invoice
– for each exporter up to a value of EUR 6,000
– “authorised exporters” – no limit
Wording of the declaration of origin: “The exporter of the products covered by this document (customs authorization No …) (1) declares that, except where otherwise clearly indicated, these products are of … (2) preferential origin”. If the declaration on the invoice is made by an authorised exporter, the permit number of the authorised exporter should be entered under (1). If the declaration on the invoice is not made by an authorised exporter, the words in brackets can be left out or the gap left empty. (2) The origin of the products must be indicated. If the statement on the invoice relates in full or in part to products originating in Ceuta and Melilla, the exporter must make the short description “CM” clearly visible.
d) Bills of lading uncertified; order bills of lading are possible if a notify address is given.
e) Postal packages up to 15 kg, 1 international dispatch note, 1 customs declaration in English.