Import One Stop Shop

The Plant Quarantine division has established One Stop shops for the importation of goods.  The One Stop shops, located at Jamaica’s Newport West wharves and the international airports, serve as central locations to coordinate all inspection processes. By centralizing the six (6) import trade agencies in one place, importers are offered improved services delivery. Duplications of inspection functions are minimized, thereby ensuring the safety of produce imported for local consumption.

Import produce are processed and inspected against standardized procedures. These goods are examined in a containment facility – accessible only to the Plant Protection and Plant Quarantine units. This will ensure the integrity and containment of possible exotic threats.

Import Inspection

To qualify for inspection, importers should have applied, paid for and obtained a date from the Plant Quarantine Inspectorate. A minimum of 72 hours notice is required to confirm inspection.

The following documents must be presented at the time of inspection:

  1. Import Permit (Original)
  2. Phytosanitary Certificate (Original)
  3. Invoice (Copy)
  4. Receipt (Original),
  5. Import Entry

Cost of Services

Import Inspection - JA$1000/shipment

Permit:

  1. $750.00 up to 22,270 kg
  2. $1000.00 over 22,270 kg

Items Allowed for Import

Some agricultural items do not require an import permit such as:

  1. Frozen fruits and vegetables
  2. Shredded vegetables
  3. Canned fruits and vegetables
  4. Dried fruits and vegetables
  5. Powdered material
  6. Processed material in general.

Only under special conditions are potted plants allowed into the island. They must be bare-rooted, un-rooted cuttings or seedlings in liners or small pots. No finished plants are allowed. Plants in soil or other growing media are not allowed.

Other commodities are totally banned from being imported due to the threat they pose to Jamaica’s Agriculture. These include:

  1. Citrus plants, plant parts and fruits
  2. Coffee plants and berries
  3. Banana and plantain suckers and fruits
  4. Coconut (seeds and plants)
  5. Palms

Rejected Imports

In the event imported items are rejected, there are three (3) possible courses of action to be taken. The Inspectorate will issue a form indicating a recommendation for:

  1. Re-export. An importer may be given the opportunity to transport his/her goods back to its point of origin to correct the breach. He/she will then reapply for a permit.
  2. Detainment for treatment.
  3. Confiscation and destruction of goods. Confiscated imported produce are immediately incinerated at the port(s) of entry.

A breach of phytosanitary regulations results in a fine.