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Shipping Ports

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


Age Restrictions

Importation of used vehicles with more than 6 years old is restricted in Jamaica.

Right-Hand Drive vehicles

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


The Government's pre-shipment inspection regime for imported used motor vehicles, which will provide greater protection for consumers, comes into effect on February 1, 2018.


Age limit on importation of motor vehicles

Cars imported should not be more than 6 years old.

  • Pickups should not be more than 6 years and unladen weight not exceeding 1,500 Kg.

  • For motorcycles - Five(5) years

  • Trucks, Trailers and other heavy duty equipments can be 30 years old.


  • Special purpose vehicles such as Ambulance, Fire Brigade, and Town cars, Window Vans, Panel Vans, vehicles modified for physically challenged people should not be more than 10 years of age.


For Buses used for the transportation of passengers

Seating Capacity                                                          Age Limit

9-12                                                                               Ten (10) years

15 - 20                                                                           Twelve (12) years

21 - 30                                                                           Fifteen (15) years

31 - 45                                                                           Twenty (20) years

Seating capacity exceeding 46 persons                Twenty Five (25) years


For Trucks used for the transportation of cargo

Loading Capacity                                                          Age Limit

3,001Kg– 6,000Kg                                                          Twenty (20) years

6,001Kg– 8,000Kg                                                          Twenty Five (25) years

Over 8000 kg                                                                   Thirty (30) years

For other heavy duty commercial equipment       Thirty (30) years


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.

  • Simplified Administrative Document (eSad):- This is the electronic document on which all the particulars of the motor vehicle/cycle, the name of the importer, shipping information and the Customs duties are recorded. It is completed by the Customs Broker and submitted to Customs. Only a licensed Customs Broker should complete this form.


The importation of the following also require a permit from the Trade Board Ltd.


Pick-up & Truck Cabs

Pick-up Beds


What is the method used for determining the value of motor vehicles?

Under the WTO Agreement, invoices are to be presented to Customs from which the value for duty will be derived.


Importation of Damaged Vehicles

The importation of motor vehicles that are considered to be in a damaged or salvaged state is PROHIBITED.


Individuals and Returning Residents

An individual or Returning Resident is allowed to import


  • One (1) motor car and one (1) light commercial vehicle or

  • Two (2) light commercial vehicles;


  • Or one (1) light commercial vehicle and a regular commercial vehicle

  • Individuals residing in Jamaica are allowed to access this facility once every three (3) years.  Returning Residents, having accessed the facility within a particular current year would not be eligible to import vehicles in the capacity of an individual until three (3) years after the date of the importation as a Returning Resident.


Import Duties and Taxes

Import duty 10-40 percent, 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 percent 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 percent on Cars and Pick-ups whereas for Trucks, Vans and Buses CET is 10 percent.

  • 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 percent 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.

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