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Shipping to Jamaica

Whether you are looking to ship barrels to Jamaica or return home to Jamaica, Transpakship have been shipping to Jamaica for over 40 years and can offer advice and experience for the whole process.

Transpakship are able to offer a range of services for your shipment to Jamaica, whether you want to ship Christmas gifts to friends and relatives or take advantage of our door to door services and full removal options.

What are my options for shipping to Jamaica?

Transpakship have a regular shipping service to Jamaica, that covers both the ports of Kingston and Montego Bay, and offer three main options for your shipment:

Shipping to Jamaica, Port only (Ex arrival consignee) - This is the cheapest way of shipping to Jamaica and covers collection and shipping to your choice of Kingston or Montego Bay, however all charges once the goods have arrived at the port will be the responsibility of the people receiving the goods in Jamaica.

Shipping to Jamaica, cleared (Arrival cleared) - Our most popular method of shipping to Jamaica is designed to make it as easy as possible for you to arrange your shipment. This service includes collection, shipping, wharfage and clearance in Jamaica. Although we try to cover as many charges as possible, we regretfully cannot cover Customs Duty. Using this service to ship to Jamaica will mean that, with the exception of Customs Duty and any required storage in Jamaica, all charges will have been paid by the shipper.

Shipping to Jamaica, door to door (Paid to destination) - Why not take advantage of our door to door service, and leave all of the hassle to us. As with the above shipping to Jamaica, cleared, this service covers all of the charges with the exception of Customs Duty and any potential storage in Jamaica. Although attendance at the port is still necessary, if you choose to ship to Jamaica door to door, once the relevant Customs duty has been paid onward delivery to your residence will be arranged at the earliest convenience.

Should I insure my shipment to Jamaica?

Although you can trust your shipments with Transpakship we do advise that insurance is taken out, to avoid any unforeseen problems and circumstances that can happen beyond our control. Please feel free to contact our office for the current comprehensive insurance rates we can offer.

What should I expect at the port?

If you choose Transpakship to handle your shipping to Jamaica, our agent in either Kingston or Montego Bay will contact you, or your representative in Jamaica, when your goods arrive in Jamaica to advise what day to attend the port to commence clearance. You will require proof of ID, such as a passport or driving licence, your TRN (Tax Registration Number) and cash for any duty and charges payable.

When you arrive at the port your goods will have been discharged from the shipping container and placed into the warehouse, and on your arrival will be placed into the Customs inspection area. Some customs officers may request a partial viewing whilst others may insist on a full turn-out, and this is at the discretion of the individual Customs official.

Whilst our agents' staff will do all they can to keep an eye on the handling of your goods during discharge, scanning and whilst in the inspection area, we do encourage you to stay close by and raise any concerns with the handlers if you feel it necessary.

Once inspection is finished you will be taken with the Customs officer to complete the clearance procedure and pay any duty and charges as necessary. You are then free to obtain a release note and take your goods from the port. If you have decided to take advantage of Transpakship's door to door shipments onward delivery will now be arranged.

I want to ship a vehicle to Jamaica, is this possible?

The rules around shipping vehicles to Jamaica were recently relaxed by the Jamaican Government and the revised policy means that more and more people are looking to ship a vehicle to Jamaica.

For details on eligibility and duty rates this and please contact:

The Jamaica High Commission

  • 1-2 Prince Consort Road,
  • London SW7 2BZ.
  • Tel: 44-(0)-20-7823-9911
  • Fax: 44-(0)-20-7589-5154
  • Email:

In order to ship a vehicle to Jamaica you will first need to obtain an import licence for the vehicle. This import licence can be obtained from the Jamaica Trade Board, and is a legal requirement before we can ship a vehicle.

I am returning to Jamaica as a returning resident, what should I do?

Transpakship have been helping Jamaican people return to Jamaica for over 40 years, and are able to arrange 20 foot or 40 foot containers to help you return home. We advise anyone thinking of returning to Jamaica to take advantage of our free no obligation consultation service.

We will send you a detailed document advising duty concessions, importation information and general guidelines for re-entry and resettlement, and our representative will arrange a free no obligation visit to assess your individual needs, dates that you would like to travel and storage requirements.

Our thorough door to door quotation will cover all additional requirements, whether you want to take advantage of our professional packing service, or storage in the UK, and we guarantee extremely competitive rates for all returning residents.