WCO mission to Jamaica to support implementation of an advance ruling system

30 noviembre 2016

A WCO Revenue Package national workshop with the aim of preparing for the implementation of an advance ruling system for tariff classification and origin, as required under the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement, was held in Kingston, Jamaica, from 21 to 25 November 2016. The workshop was funded by Eurocustoms and facilitated by two Technical Officers from the WCO Secretariat.

Eighteen mid to high level Customs officers of Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) participated in the discussions and used the WCO Diagnostic Tool on Tariff Classification, Valuation and Origin Work and Related Infrastructure to assess the current situation and to identify areas for attention. As a result, a series of action points in relation to an advance ruling system, such as requirements for the legislative framework, procedures, record keeping and a rulings database were identified. Compliance management, the procedure for dispute settlement and capacity building for JCA staff, traders and customs brokers were also considered.

At the end of the workshop, the participants presented the results of the practical application of the "Diagnostic Tool", including proposals and solutions related to the adoption of an advance ruling system for classification and origin to the CEO/Commissioner of Customs, Major (Ret’d) R. Reese. The Commissioner recognized the importance of those proposals and solutions. The provision for an advance ruling system will be included in the new Customs Act of Jamaica, which will facilitate the Jamaica Customs Agency’s observance and implementation of international best practices and standards. The Commissioner thanked the WCO for its continued support.