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Give travelling minors duty-free break

Published:Wednesday | June 15, 2016 | 12:00 AM


This is an open letter to Major Richard Reese, commissioner of customs at the Jamaica Customs Agency.

Dear Major Reese:

I would like to raise issue with the duty-free allocation allotted to Jamaicans travelling to and from overseas. The current allocation, as you know, is US$500 for adults. However, for minors, two years and up, for whom full fares and taxes are charged by airlines and the Government, this allocation is not applied.

Jamaica Customs may not be able to control the costs and airlines may choose to charge for flights. However, I do believe that if the full fares and taxes are applicable to minors, that makes them eligible for the duty-free allowance and should not be disenfranchised because of their age.

It could be argued that this would not apply to a minor and only to individuals 18 years and older, but if full fares and taxes are being charged and paid for minors, they should be entitled to the benefits that accompany these costs.

I am, therefore, requesting that a review of this policy be conducted and amendments made to allow this benefit to be extended to all individuals who travel once they have to pay full airfare and associated taxes.

I appreciate all that you do for our country, and I look forward to seeing positive change.

Thank you and look forward to your prompt and favourable response.



Concerned Parent/Citizen