Jermaine Francis, Staff Reporter
While the United States began shutting down its non-essential services yesterday, its embassy in Jamaica said operations had not been affected by the shutdown.
In a brief release yesterday, the embassy said all services in Kingston, Montego Bay, and Grand Cayman were continuing as normal.
A memorandum posted on the State Department's website noted that it would be carrying out as many of its duties as it possibly could during the shutdown.
"Departmental entities will continue to operate until their respective balances are insufficient to continue. While many appropriated funds expire after one year, the Department has some accounts that are two-year funds or no-year funds," the release noted.
Meanwhile, checks with the Jamaica Customs and Post and Telecommunications departments have revealed that their services have not been hampered by the shutdown; however, Commissioner of Customs Major Richard Reese said the department would not be immediately affected by America's financial bind.
"We haven't seen anything yet that would affect us, but it would be early yet to say if it will have an impact," he said.
Alrick Collins, logistics manager at MailPac Express, one of the country's leading delivery companies, said packages were still being exchanged between Jamaica and the United States without any reports of disruptions.
Meanwhile, financial analyst Dennis Chung said if the situation persists, Jamaica's economy could definitely start feeling some heavy effects.
"If it goes on for another two weeks, the US could default on its debt, and this would have a significant impact on our economy, but not right now," he said.