Tax: up to 18%

Duties: up to 20%

Restricted items: Second-hand goods

Non-working days: Saturday, Sunday, and Public Holidays 

Lead times: 5-6 weeks

Best Carrier option: Freight Forwarder or Courier

Prominent Languages: English

How TecEx Can Help You Import into Jamaica

Jamaica is best known as a tropical island paradise, where many people escape everyday life. However, the booming tourism industry is a far cry from the struggling IT sector, which is significantly behind its equally famous neighbor, the Cayman Islands. While only 24% of the population have access to a computer, an astounding 11.4% of Jamaicans have never used or even heard of broadband internet. Similarly, 74.5% of cellphone users have never made use of mobile internet.

Despite these low statistics, local businesses are embracing the potential of technology. After seeing the benefits of sites like Airbnb, which allowed locals to compete with the established hotels, there has been an increase in the digitalization of local companies. Locals have also started to make use of online platforms more frequently after initially being hesitant.

There has been a particular focus on e-commerce platforms and online payment platforms and improving infrastructure around these.  The excitement and increased demand for technology in the country have provided a driving force for digital transformation. The government now looks to create opportunities, take advantage of these productive conditions, and create a Jamaica where all citizens have access to the digital world. As the island moves towards a digital economy, startups from several countries have invested and further boosted digitalization.

Even with growing foreign investment, importing into Jamaica comes with significant complexity and can be challenging. TecEx offers expert Importer of record and compliance services into Jamaica, helping you achieve seamless, stress-free shipping every time. Contact the TecEx team for a solution tailored to you.

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