Wed | Oct 18, 2017

Customs makes recommendations to help returning residents

Published:Friday | July 29, 2016 | 10:53 AM

The Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) says it has made a submission to its advisory board in relation to tax incentives offered to persons who return to settle permanently in Jamaica.

Commissioner of Customs, Major Richard Reese says the JCA has noted the issues of concern put forward by the Jamaica Association for the Resettlement of Returning Residents and has had dialogue with the group on matters of eligibility, criteria and entitlements.

He says the Agency has also had consultations with the broker associations in an effort to ensure that all stakeholders involved are meaningfully engaged.

Major Reese says after the JCA’s submissions are reviewed by the board, recommendations will be made to the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service for its determination.

However, Major Reese says while these deliberations are being undertaken, all existing policies and guidelines remain in effect.

He’s urging returning residents to comply with the guidelines to prevent any undue discomfort in clearing their goods for resettlement.

The JCA says a Returning Resident must be a Jamaican national who is at least 18 years old and be landed in Jamaica on a valid passport that is endorsed with the unconditional landing stamp by the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency.