How to Export from Jamaica









Step-1: Exporter's Registration

Register with JAMPRO (Jamaica Promotions Corporation) at or visit JAMPRO (Jamaica Promotions Corporation) Kingston or Montego Bay

Registration is required only for individuals or entities exporting goods on a commercial basis or for the purpose of trade which will result in the generation of revenue. An exporter is not required to register under the following circumstances:

- Shipments that have been classified as personal effects or non-commercial which will not result in revenue generation (customs form C87).

- Goods have been imported for temporary use and are to be subsequently re-exported (customs form C87).These could be items imported for a trade show or racing cars brought in for a racing event.

- Goods are being exported for subsequent re-importation (customs form C87). An example of such a situation would be goods returned to a foreign manufacturer for repairs to be carried out.

- Goods for which duty was paid and subsequently re-exported (customs form C87). Permission must be sought from the Collector of Customs prior to exportation. An example would be that of goods being returned to a supplier because of incorrect specifications or failure to meet Bureau of Standards requirements. These goods are not expected to re-enter the country. Depending on the circumstance the duties paid may be refunded.



Step-2: Permit/ Licences/Certificate 

Apply for the necessary Permits/Licences at the following Agencies:


Certificate of Origin, CARICOM Certificate, CBI Form, EUR 1 Form, GSP Form (A), to exempt from payment of Customs duties or for payment of partial duties when exporting to certain countries.

Items requiring a license from the Trade Board include

  • Ammunition ( Firearms & Explosives)
  • Gold Bullion & fully or semi-manufactured gold including jewellery
  • Jewellery(excluding those from earth metals)
  • Plasma in any form
  • Sugar
  • Wood—Lignum Vitae and logwood only.
  • Motor vehicles

Species administered by NEPA

  • Live Animals( subject to the Convention Of International Trade in Endangered)

Species administered by NEPA

  • Pimento
  • Veterinary Division — Animals and animal products
  • Plant Quarantine Division — Plants and plant products including spice and pimento greater than 2 lbs.
  • Mines & Geology Unit — Rocks, stones, soil, alumina, cement
  • Commercial coconut products (with the intention of generating revenue) including samples.
  • Green coffee beans
  • Roasted coffee over 10lbs / 5 kgs.
  • Coral




Step-3: Shipment


  • Complete booking with the shipping company
  • Complete E-SAD within ASYCUDA WORLD 
  • Scan and Upload Commercial Invoice and requisite regulatory approvals (permits)
  • Contact Jamaica Customs Contraband Enforcement Unit 24 hours before loading goods into container. Contact numbers are 923 7641 or 7573912
  • Complete Dock Receipt issued by shipping agent
  • Present dock receipt to wharf office (pay security fee)
  • Submit completed entry form, dock receipt and
  • Pay customs processing fee
  • Deliver cargo to wharf


  • Complete customs entry, invoice, certificate/ permit (where applicable), tally sheet and dispatch form.
  • Contact Jamaica Customs Contraband Enforcement Unit 24 hours before delivering goods to the airline. Contact numbers are 923 7641 or 7573912
  • Present documents and goods to export officer for checking, signing and numbering.
  • Pay customs processing fee ($3005)
  • Deliver cargo to *airline's warehouse
  • Present tally sheet along with dispatch form to the airline representative who will facilitate the entry of goods into the warehouse.
  • Some airline may require prior booking.



Pre-shipment Requirements

JAMPRO: Exporter Registration Process


The process experienced by the exporter between the sale of goods/commodities and shipment of goods can be divided into pre-shipment, shipment preparation and post-shipment processes which can be further broken down into the following processes:

  1. Pre-shipment Requirements - This includes exporter registration with JAMPRO and the exporter obtaining regulatory permissions such as export permits, certificate of origin, etc. Arrangements for finalizing the shipment are made including obtaining insurance. See below for pre-shipment requirement documents.

  2. Brokerage Services – Brokerage services may be contracted. At this stage, the necessary documentation for customs clearance at the port is prepared. The documents include bill of lading or airway bill, ‘Instruction for Dispatch of Goods’ form, ‘Authority for Shipment (Tally Sheet)’ if exporting by air. The broker pays the necessary port and custom export fees.

  3. Haulage – The goods are transported by a haulier to the air or seaport. The exporter might arrange to have the container escorted to the port for security reasons and to ensure that no detours are made. The haulier submits the documentation to port personnel, clears security, and delivers the container.

  4. Customs Clearance – The broker submits the documents to the Customs Exporting Officer for verification. The officer reviews the entry form and ensures that the necessary permits and certificates and exporter registration are attached. Goods are examined by Customs and the release form issued.

  5. Port Clearance – The broker pays the wharfage fees and ensures that documentation is in order.

  6. Cargo Handling – Goods may be warehoused and upon release, storage fees are paid.

  7. Ship processing – Upon the arrival of the ship the port collects port charges. Goods are loaded on board the ship and the Customs Officer completes the form and releases the goods for shipment. The exporter sends the bill of lading and commercial invoice to the customer overseas.

Pre-shipment Requirements

JAMPRO: Exporter Registration

Trade Board Limited:  Certificate of Origin

Export License: Ammunition ( Firearms & Explosives), Gold Bullion & fully or semi-manufactured gold including jewellery, Jewellery (excluding those from earth metals), Plasma in any form, Sugar, Wood—Lignum Vitae and logwood only,  Motor vehicles,  

Veterinary Division - Animals and animal products

Plant Quarantine Division - Plants and plant products including spice and pimento greater than 2 lbs.

Mines & Geology Unit - Rocks, stones, soil, alumina, cement

Jamaica Agricultural commodities Regulation Authority (JACRA)- Permit - Green coffee beans, Roasted coffee over 10lbs / 5 kgs.Commercial coconut products (with the intention of generating revenue) including samples.


BUREAU OF STANDARDS - Certificate For processed food (such as ackee)

JAMPRO: Exporter Registration Process 


Applicant goes to JAMPRO Contact Center Officer


Applicant completes Exporter Registration Application Form JN1. If Plant Quarantine Certificate needed, this should be submitted with application. (See below for additional requirements.) If individual - need TRN or passport-sized photo. If company, certificate of incorporation or certificate of business name and TRN


Information Officer vets application for completion and provides exporting advice to exporter if required


Information Officer inputs data from application form into the system and collects a registration fee of J$2500 from new exporter


Information Officer send application to Verifying Officer


Verifying Officer contacts the applicant and makes an appointment to view premises


Officer inspects premises to verify information on form, ensures that establishment exists and verifies address, security and capacity to export


Verifying Officer completes formal report


If all okay, exporter is informed that approval is granted. If it is not okay, Vetting Officer will inform exporter of corrections to be made. When corrections are made, Vetting Officer will return to the premises for verification. If false information on form or establishment does not exist or is not producing what is to be exported, the application is rejected.


Upon approval of application the new exporter returns to JAMPRO and receives a shipment authorization letter.


When shipment exported, exporter takes proof of each shipment to JAMPRO until six shipments completed


After completion of six shipments, JAMPRO issues letter for multiple shipments for the remaining period of the year from date of registration

The following is required to complete the registration process:

  1. Authorization letter from Plant Quarantine Division stating that the packing house for fresh produce has been inspected and certified

  2. Registration letter from the Bureau of Standards if exporter is exporting processed foods

  3. Proof of certification from the Veterinary Services Division of the Ministry of Agriculture if exporter is exporting aquaculture, inland and marine products

  4. List of machinery and equipment, categories of employees and monthly production exporter plans to export textile products

  5. Labeling and product standards certification from Bureau of Standards

The initial Registration Fee for New Company is JA$2500 and an annual re-registration fee is J$2000. The fee for companies located in the free zones is US$275.


  1. Export Registration letter/certificate issued by JAMPRO.

  2. Documents required for registration include:

    1. Exporter Registration Form JN1

    2. Taxpayer Registration Number

    3. Certificate of Incorporation if a company

    4. Authorization or approval letters from:

      1. Plant Quarantine

      2. Bureau of Standards

  3. Commercial invoice prepared by the Exporter

  4. C87 Customs Form

  5. Bill of lading from shipper

  6. Dock receipt prepared by the shipper

  7. Certificate of Origin if required, prepared by Trade Board

  8. European Union forms for exports to the European Union

  9. Export permits where required

  10. Phyto-sanitary certificate for plants and animals

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