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Shipping something to Jamaica? Here are some things you need to know about their duty and customs regulations.


Any action that goes against the customs laws is considered a breach. Breaches can result in fines up to three times the total cost, insurance, and freight value of the imported goods. When shipping items overseas, you should be aware of the customs laws so that you can avoid committing a breach. 

 Some common examples of customs breaches include: 

  • Failure to declare the contents of commercial shipments or passenger baggage.
  • Attempting to conceal the items being shipped in order to avoid customs duties. 
  • Importing prohibited items.
  • Importing items without obtaining the permit to do so. 

Duty charges and how they are calculated 

Duty is a taxation cost placed on imported items. Duty charges are calculated on the basis of the Cost, Insurance and Freight (CIF) value. In order for customs to accurately calculate your duty cost, you should provide a receipt or invoice for your charge. 

Duty-free items

Items that can be brought in without duty include:

  • Alcoholic beverages (2 litres)
  • Perfume (170 ml)
  • Eau de toilettes (340 ml)
  • Tobacco (sticks) (200 cigarrettes, 50 cigars, or 230 grams of processed tobacco)