Exporters of goods originating in Jamaica must apply to JAMPRO to become a registered exporter. You may do this by either registering via the internet at www.jExporter.com or by visiting one of the JAMPRO offices if you do not have internet access.
You will need to bring with you all the required documentation, along with any other specific documentation requirements along with a registration fee of JA$2,500.00 fornew exporters.
After completing the registration process to become an exporter you may also choose to do your Consignee Registration. Your Consignee is the person to whom you are exporting, and the registration process for the person requires that you list the products which you intend to export to that specific Consignee.
Additionally, your registration with JAMPRO should be renewed each year on the anniversary of your initial registration date. If your registration has not been renewed you will be barred from making any shipments.
An exporter is not required to register under the following circumstances:
- Goods being exported for subsequent re-importation (form C43).
An example of such a situation would be goods returned to a foreign manufacturer for repairs to be carried out.
- Goods where import duty has been paid and are being subsequently re-exported (form C82).
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, so depending on the circumstances, the duty paid may be refunded.
- Goods that have been imported for temporary use and are being subsequently re-exported (form C25).
This could be items imported for a trade show, equipment carried in to produce a motion picture, or racing cars brought in for a racing event.
- Shipments that have been classified as personal effects (form C82).
This type of shipment is usually a one-time occurrence. Where there is need for more than a few shipments of personal effects, the exporter will have to register with JAMPRO in order to proceed.
Before an individual or company registers to become an exporter they must have the following documentation available:
For registration as an Individual:
- Proof of Identification (Passport, Driver’s License or National Identification Card)
- Passport-sized photograph (digital copy, if possible)
- Taxpayer Registration Number (TRN)
For registration of a Company:
- Copy of Certificate of Incorporation OR Certificate of Business Name
- Taxpayer Registration Number (TRN)
In addition, exporters of textile products will need to submit a list of the following:
- Machinery and equipment;
- All categories of employees; and
- Monthly production plan.
Potential exporters of certain items will also need certain certification before they can begin the registration process with JAMPRO.
Meats and Aqua-cultural Products
Exportation of meats and any type of aquaculture (inland and marine products and by-products) to the United States of America, Canada and/or any of the European states mustget Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) Certification. This certification is granted through the Veterinary Services Division of the Ministry of Agriculture.
Additionally, any exporter wishing to export any type of seafood must have their factory certified by the Veterinary Services Division of the Ministry of Agriculture.
Persons wishing to export fresh produce to any part of the world must have their packing house certified by the Plant Quarantine/Produce Inspection Unit (PQ/PIU) of the Ministry of Agriculture. Once the packing house has been inspected and duly certified, the Ministry will issue an authorisation letter allowing registration as an exporter.
Exporters of processed food to the United States of America and/or any of the European states are advised to obtain International Organisation of Standardisation (ISO) Certification. Note however, that this is not a requirement for registration as an exporter.
In addition, the factory from which the processed food operation is run will need to be registered with the Bureau of Standards.
Once all of the above are obtained the potential exporter can proceed to register as an exporter with JAMPRO
CONDITIONS OF REGISTRATION
- JAMPRO reserves the right to request from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) a Police Clearance Record for individual applicants.
- Each new exporting entity is permitted to export initially using provisional shipment authorization letters until either or both of the following conditions have been satisfied:
- to have established a satisfactory track record;
- to have had a re‑verification visit made to its operational and storage facility.
- While being registered, the entity must advise JAMPRO's Exporter Registration Unit of ANY change in the information submitted under Documentary Requirements for Exporter Registration. Otherwise the registration will no longer be valid.
- JAMPRO reserves the right to request security clearance reports from the Commissioner of Police or its authorized representative that the JCF is satisfied that the entity has a security system in place adequate for the level and kind of operation. Such a report is requested by JAMPRO.
- JAMPRO reserves the right to place in a Provisional category or to delete from its List of Registered Exporters any entity that falls into any one of the following categories:
- Its circumstances have so changed as to warrant such action;
- Its security system is deemed to be inadequate;
- A prohibited substance such as marijuana, cocaine, opium, etc. is found in its shipment;
- An entity giving false information or found to be in breach of any export regulation;
- An entity which exports or attempts to export a product requiring a Certificate of Jamaican Origin/ Exemption without such a certificate being issued by the Corporation;
- An entity that fails to re‑register after its annual registration has expired.
- An entity which upon request by JAMPRO fails to:
- Submit quarterly reports of its export shipments;
- Give such undertaking to provide such record as an authorized officer of JAMPRO may determine;
- Permit an authorized officer to carry out inspection of its operational, storage and commercial facilities at such reasonable times and in such detail as seems to the authorized officer to be appropriate .
Under Jamaican Law, the exporter is expected to closely and personally monitor the packaging and packing of items for export and can be held criminally responsible for contraband found in its shipment.
Further advice on security precautions may be obtained from the:
230 Spanish Town Road , Kingston 11.
Tel: (876) 923-6729, 758-3573