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Customs amendment Act set for joint select committee

Published:Wednesday | July 8, 2015 | 9:03 AM

The Customs (Amendment) Act, which seeks to facilitate implementation of best practices and standards by Jamaica Customs, has been sent to a joint select committee of Parliament for consideration.

The bill was tabled in the House of Representatives yesterday by Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr Peter Phillips.

It will provide for the establishment of a framework for the efficient movement of goods through the ports, in anticipation of a logistic-centered Jamaican economy.

According to the Memorandum of Objects and Reasons, the amendments to the bill are intended to ensure that importers and exporters will be able to conduct legitimate business in a more efficient environment.

It will also ensure effective penalties are imposed on persons, who operate contrary to the customs laws.

The changes will also support the operation of the Automated System for Customs Data which was established by the Customs Amendment Act, 2014.