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Returning residents' rep, customs boss meet over shipping issues

Published:Thursday | April 28, 2016 | 10:23 AM

The Jamaica Association for the Resettlement of Returning Residents says Jamaica Customs Department has given a commitment to examine the issues faced by returning residents who ship items to Jamaica.

President of the returning residents association Percival Latouche says the commitment was given earlier this week in a meeting with Commissioner of Customs Major Richard Reese.

LaTouche says the association questioned a requirement by customs for persons to show they have renounced their citizenship elsewhere when they claim to be returning residents.

He says several returning residents have lost millions of dollars due to what he calls  draconian measures employed by customs.

LaTouche says his association is hoping to hear how soon Jamaica Customs plans to address the issues faced by returning residents.


President of the returning residents association Percival LaTouche

In March, Major Reese said some returning residents did not understand the laws regarding their return to Jamaica.

Reese also said the Customs Department only requires information that verifies that persons are qualified to enter the island as returning residents.