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Export certificate removed for agro-processed foods

Published:Friday | January 30, 2015 | 9:25 AM

Exporters of some foods, mainly agro-processed items, will no longer be required to obtain export certificates in order to have their products shipped outside of Jamaica.



Industry, Investment and Commerce Minister, Anthony Hylton says this is yet another positive move aimed at improving the ease of doing business by eliminating irrelevant processes, particularly in our import and export processes.



Hylton says the Bureau of Standards Jamaica took the decision to remove the requirement following discussions with the Jamaica Customs Agency.



The Bureau's Executive Director Yvonne Hall, explains that there are a number of countries that do not require certification for goods to be imported, yet Jamaica is still requiring exports to be certified.



Hall says the change will allow exports to be certified based on the market access rules that apply in the destination country.



She emphasises that this will help to reduce time and save money for exporters.



This recent change follows a similar move by the Industry, Investment and Commerce Ministry last year, where the requirement for licenses to export ornamental fish from Jamaica was removed.



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