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Jamaica Trade Board

The Trade Board, headed by a Trade Administrator, is Jamaica's certifying authority for goods exported under the various trade agreements. The Board is located at:

Trade Board Limited
10th Floor, Air Jamaica Building
72 Harbour Street
Kingston
Tel: (876) 967-0507
Toll Free: 1-888-367-8247
Fax : 948-5441 or 948-7486
Email: info@tradeboard.gov.jm

Products which require an export license:

  1. Scrap Metal (Incl. Scrap Batteries)
  2. Scrap Gold/Silver
  3. Coffee and Pimento
  4. Live animals
  5. Endangered Species
  6. Brown sugar
  7. Petroleum Oils
  8. Ammunition (explosives and firearms)
  9. Eggs (N.O.P.)
  10. Antique furniture
  11. Ores – Minerals and metals including Bauxite, Alumina and Gypsum
  12. Paintings (antique)
  13. Plasma – in any form
  14. Wood – Lignum vitae and log wood only
  15. Motor Vehicles
  16. Jewellery (Excluding those from earth metals)
  17. Shells (subject to Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species administered by NEPA)

Export Licenses
There are two types of export licenses:

  1. Open Export Permits are valid for three (3) months to one (1) year and issued to exporters of Ores, Sugar and Petroleum Products
  2. General Export Permits are issued for the remaining items and valid for three (3) months onlyexcept for scrap metal that is valid for only one (1) month.

Shown below for your convenience, is a chart which briefly outlines the supporting documents and
information on expiration dates. For further information please contact Trade Board Ltd or refer to
their website at www.tradeboard.gov.jm

 Items Requiring Export Licenses

ITEM SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS EXPIRY DATE
Scrap Metal Approval letter from Jamaica Customs
Scrap Metal Inspection Report
Commercial Invoice
One month or 30 days
Scrap Gold Approval Letter from Jamaica Customs
Scrap Metal Inspection
Report from Jamaica Customs
Commercial Invoice
One month or 30 days
Coffee and pimento Approval from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries 3 days
Animals: Live (Subject to Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species) Veterinary Health
Certificate from the Ministry of Agriculture
If endangered species an approval letter from the National Environmental Planning Agency (NEPA) is also required
3 months

Resource Category: 

Resources

BAS Bulletins

Starting a Business

Preparing a Business Plan

Starting an Export Business

Jamaica Customs

HACCP & Food Safety Requirements

Certifications/Licenses & Permits

Taxes