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Trade Board Launches Online Certificates of Origin

Trade Board Launches Online Certificates of Origin

Kingston, Jamaica: The Trade Board Limited (TBL), an agency of the Ministry of Industry, Investment & Commerce (MIIC), in partnership with the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) commenced its issuance of digital Certificates of Origin (CO) today, Monday, August 23, 2021.

Jamaica is the second CARICOM country to offer this service online, with Trinidad & Tobago being the first.

This means that the Trade Board Limited will no longer accept manual applications for certificates of origin, and exporters who need this service will be required to apply via the Jamaica Single Window for Trade (JSWIFT) at www.jswift.gov.jm.This bold move, being spearheaded by the Jamaica Customs Agency, came after the implementation of a pilot phase which included numerous training sessions with exporters and their agents.

As the first border regulatory agency to onboard on this new platform, this digital milestone forms another part of the suite of services being offered on JSWIFT by the Trade Board Limited.

Acting Trade Administrator/CEO of TBL, Carl Morgan, expressed that “the issuance of Certificates of Origin online is an important step by the Government of Jamaica as part of a comprehensive plan to improve the efficiency of cross border trade, which will enhance the ease of doing business in Jamaica.” 

He further revealed that “90% of TBL’s services are now online. This move is even more significant and impactful during the COVID-19 pandemic when movement is restricted.

Source: https://www.tradeboard.gov.jm/tblweb/oneC.php?id=193&headingID=53&frame=

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