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Exporting cargo from Jamaica offers significant opportunities for businesses and individuals looking to tap into international markets. Trans Caribe Express Shippers specializes in providing reliable and efficient shipping services to various destinations, making the process seamless for exporters. This article outlines the procedures, laws, and benefits of exporting cargo from Jamaica, with a particular focus on agriculture and spices.

Procedures for Exporting Cargo from Jamaica

1. Registration and Licensing:

  • Business Registration: Exporters must be registered with the Companies Office of Jamaica.
    Visit Website: https://www.orcjamaica.com/ContactUs
  • Export License: Certain goods require an export license from the Trade Board Limited, especially for agricultural products, chemicals, and firearms.  Visit Website: https://www.tradeboard.gov.jm

2. Pre-Shipment Requirements:

  • Inspection and Certification: Agricultural exports, including spices, must be inspected and certified by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. This ensures that the goods meet both local and international standards.  Visit Website: https://www.moa.gov.jm
  • Phytosanitary Certificate: A phytosanitary certificate is required for all plant-based products, confirming they are free from pests and diseases.

3. Documentation:

  • Commercial Invoice: This document details the transaction between the exporter and importer.
  • Bill of Lading: Issued by Trans Caribe Express Shippers, it serves as a receipt and a contract for the shipment.
  • Packing List: Lists all items in the shipment, facilitating customs clearance.
  • Certificate of Origin: Certifies the origin of the goods, which can affect import duties.


4. Customs Procedures:

  • Customs Declaration: Exporters must submit a customs declaration form (C87) to the Jamaica Customs Agency.  Visit Website: https://www.jacustoms.gov.jm
  • Duty-Free Export: Most goods exported from Jamaica are duty-free depending on the commodity. However, compliance with all regulatory requirements is crucial.

Laws and Regulations Governing Exports

1. Jamaica Customs Act:

The Jamaica Customs Agency oversees all exports, ensuring compliance with the Customs Act. This includes the verification of documents, inspection of goods, and enforcement of export regulations.
Read and Download the Jamaica Customs Acts Here.

Access All Documents and Forms for Jamaica Customs Here

Access Jamaica Customs Printable Tariff Chart

2. Export Control Act:

This act regulates the export of specific items to ensure national security and international obligations are met. It applies to goods such as pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and technology.

Visit www.trade.gov to learn about U.S. Export Controls for the island of Jamaica

3. Plant Quarantine Act:

Administered by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, this act ensures that plant exports, including spices, meet international health and safety standards to prevent the spread of pests and diseases.

Read and Download Jamaica’s Plant Quarantine Act here

Visit the Ministry of Agriculture, Finsheries and Mining of Jamaica here


Benefits of Exporting from Jamaica

1. Access to International Markets:

Exporting allows Jamaican businesses to access larger markets, increasing their customer base and revenue potential.

2. Competitive Advantage:

Jamaica’s strategic location and membership in trade agreements like CARICOM and the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union provide preferential access to key markets.

Visit the Official Website of CARICOM here

Read and Download CARICOM Trade Agreement here

3. Government Support:

The Jamaican government offers various incentives for exporters, including tax breaks, grants, and technical assistance through agencies like JAMPRO (Jamaica Promotions Corporation).

Visit JAMPRO’s Official Website here

Exporting Agriculture and Spices

Agriculture, particularly spices, plays a vital role in Jamaica’s export economy. Here are the specific steps for customers looking to export these products:

1. Identification of Export Market:

Research and identify target markets for Jamaican spices. Consider market demand, competition, and regulatory requirements in the destination country.

2. Compliance with International Standards:

Ensure that agricultural products meet international standards such as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations for imported spices. This includes proper labeling, packaging, and quality assurance.
Visit USDA’s website on Import Guidance on Food Safety and Inspection Services

The Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS) sets out the tariff rates and statistical categories for all merchandise imported into the United States. The HTS is based on the international Harmonized System, which is the global system of nomenclature applied to most world trade in goods.

Visit and Review the Harmonized Tariff Schedule for the USA

3. Obtaining Necessary Certifications:

Secure a phytosanitary certificate from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.
For organic spices, obtain organic certification if required by the target market.

4. Engaging with Trans Caribe Express Shippers:

Partner with Trans Caribe Express Shippers to handle logistics. Their expertise ensures that your products are shipped efficiently and in compliance with all regulatory requirements.

5. Customs Clearance:

Submit all necessary documentation to the Jamaica Customs Agency. Ensure that your shipment complies with both Jamaican and destination country customs regulations.


USDA Resources:
United States Department of Agriculture

Here are some ways to contact the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) about importing into the United States:
  • APHIS Import
    For questions about a foreign country’s eligibility to export to the United States, call (301) 851-3300 or email apie@usda.gov
  • APHIS Veterinary Services
    For information on the importation of live animals and animal products, call (301) 851-3300 or email AskNCIE.Products@aphis.usda.gov or VS-Live.Animals_Import.Permits@aphis.usda.gov
  • Plant Protection and Quarantine Permit Unit
    For questions about importing plants, plant products, insects, or soil, call (877) 770-5990 or email plantproducts.permits@usda.gov
  • Transit Permits Team
    For help with transit permits (PPQ Form 586), email ppq.transit.permits@usda.gov
  • Controlled Import Permits Team
    For help with controlled import permits (PPQ Form 588), email controlled.import.permits@usda.gov
  • Postentry Quarantine Permits Team
    For help with postentry quarantine permits (PPQ Form 546), email plantsforplantingpermits@usda.gov


Exporting cargo from Jamaica, particularly agriculture and spices, can be a profitable venture with the right knowledge and preparation. By understanding the procedures, laws, and benefits, and partnering with experienced shippers like Trans Caribe Express Shippers, exporters can navigate the complexities of international trade and successfully expand their business horizons.

For more information or to start your export journey, contact Trans Caribe Express Shippers today. Our dedicated team is ready to assist you every step of the way, ensuring your goods reach their destination safely and efficiently.