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Customs exceeding revenue targets

Published:Friday | May 8, 2015 | 5:33 PM
Customs boss, Major Richard Reese

The Jamaica Customs Agency is reporting that just a little over a month into the new financial year, it has started to exceed revenue targets.

It says for April, it exceeded the $11. 23 billion mark set by the Ministry of Finance and Planning by collecting $12.94 billion in gross revenues.

This means that Jamaica Customs collected $1.7 billion more than had been targeted.

This is $2.1 billion more than the figure collected for the similar period last year.

Net revenue collections for April were $11.45 billion, that's $227 million more than targeted.

Meanwhile, Jamaica Customs says at the end of Financial Year 2014/2015, net revenue collections stood at $143.28 billion which is $503 million more than the finance ministry's target of $142.78 billion.

The Customs Agency says this was achieved despite additional waivers and incentives of $9 billion granted to the productive sector; the reduction in duties on some motor vehicles and on phablets; and the 50 per cent Customs Administration Fee to  manufacturers with respect to intermediate goods.