The Jamaica Special Economic Zone Authority

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Client Request Guide

The Jamaica Special Economic Zone Occupant Request Guide 2018.

The Jamaica Special Economic Zone Authority understands the importance of our stakeholder’s commercial transaction and seeks to address them with urgency. The Authority aims to provide quality services to clients by continuously reviewing our processes improving efficiency.

  1. The Clients’ Request Process is initiated by the client or entity that intends to make a request (in relation to section 5).
  1. The request should be sent by the Occupant in the form of a formal letter to the SEZ Developer at least 5 days before approval is required. The letter should include an approval section for the Developer to give their remarks. Upon receipt of the request, the Developer should communicate its approval to the Authority, after which the Authority conduct its review and issues a “ No Objection” or “ an Objection”
  1. This document should be sent in both soft and hard copy. The soft copy should be sent to Kevon Farquharson< kfarquharson@jseza.org> and copy Shanalee Cawley < scawley@jseza.com>, Richard Sewell <rsewell@jseza.com> and the hard copy should be sent to the Authority.
  • The authority will review documents submitted and if there is no issue then the Authority then issues a “no objection” to the request.
  • The “No objection” is done in the form of a letter which will be sent to all relevant stakeholders (JCA) to inform them of the decision.
  • The letter, after being approved by the Developer, should be sent to the Authority for the final review.
  • After revision is made by the Authority, a “no objection” is done in the form of a letter, which will be sent to Jamaica Customs and the relevant organizations that are required to complete the process.
  • Based on the request ( request options: A,B,C and D below) that is submitted by the Occupant, the letter or document  should outline or include the following :
    1. Release of  goods:
  1. Specific request letter “Release of Subject Matter”:

The letter should state the specific permission the client chooses “Release of goods”. The letter should also state the location from which the Occupant will be releasing the good and the location it will be release to and the territory.

  1. Commercial invoice from suppliers
  • Shipping documents (Arrival notice/ Bill of Lading)
  1. Stock Balance (if requested)-if items being released are already in the warehouse.

N.B.: Special steps in this process:

  1. The necessary customs entry (IM4) will then be prepared by a broker and lodged for ‘export’/transfer into the domestic customs territory
  2. You will be required to provide the original importation document (IM9) for reference
  • Duties become payable by the original importer and the items to be transferred must be physically verified by a JCA official representative
  • The items can then be moved to the intended recipient
  1. Please direct the request along with the detailed inventory to:
    1. Disposal of Goods, Items, Material or Equipment.
  1. Specific request letter “Disposal of Subject Matter

Letter should state the reason for disposal.

  1. Detail inventory of items to be disposed
  • Method of disposal, location and date of disposal.
  1. The relevant invoices will be required to provide the JCA with the original importation document (IM9) for reference , these documents will be required for customs visit, ensure copy is available at the point of disposal.
  2. If all obligations are honored then the Authority then issues and “No objection” to the JCA.

Specific steps for a disposal request.

  1. The JCA then executes their role in the process,  where there are no issues, the items are inspected on site by a JCA internal audit team
  • Arrangements can then be made with your disposal contractors
  • The items are then crushed on site and removed under customs supervision to the relevant dump site
  1. No duties are applicable
    1. Importation and Movement of Material(s) or Equipment.
      1. Specific request letter “Importation of  
      2. The letter should state the specific permission the client chooses “RE: Importation of Materials and Equipment for construction of … in …” The letter should also state the specific material for the construction and the Gazetted Notice# and date as well as Location for the construction activities.
  • A Quantity Surveyor’s approval.
  1. Clear description of the material and drawings to show the specifications of the project.
  2. The letter should be supported by the invoices for the material.
  1. Change of Name or Address
    1. Specific request letter “ Name  Change”
    2. The letter should outline the reason for the change, the old name and the new name.
  • Approved documentations to support the changes made by the company.

 Address Change

  1. Specific request letter “ Name  Change”
  2. The letter should outline the reason for the change, the old address and the new address.
  • Approved documentation to support the change

We welcome your feedback to further improve our processes as client relationship is of outmost importance to the Authority. Should you require additional information or clarification also feel free to contact us @ Tel: 876-619-7392.

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