The practice of packing and shipping barrels to jamaica from migrants to their loved ones has been common place for years . But how many people stop to think that there is actually right way to pack and prepare a barrel, and what is entailed in clearing that barrel once it gets to Jamaica .
So if you are shipping a barrel to Jamaica, continue reading because we have prepared a little insight into what is involved in the entire process which we hope will be useful to you.
Packing the barrel
- First it is a good practice to sort all items according to their type. This will allow you to get a better idea of the quantity and how you need to pack them.
- Before putting fragiles in the barrel ensure they are wrapped and protected .
- Although its common sense to pack all canned goods and firmer items at the base (this includes hard cardboard boxes) many people forget how important this is . Its important to build that strong base that can withstand goods loaded on top. Any food stuff can now be wrapped securely, preferably in plastic, and packed on this firm base.
- Items packed in plastic is preferred to items packaged in glass so always try to get items packed in plastic to limit the chance of breakage. All bottles caps should be wrapped with tape ( so as to minimize the chance of the cork unscrewing and spilling its contents) and placed in plastic bags before placing them in the barrel.
Additionally if you have to have glass then you may use towels and soft items such as tissue paper and any other soft, cushioning materials, to pack around the bottles giving them that extra protection.
- Now its always a good idea for clothing and other fabric to be placed at the top of the barrel, preferably in plastic bags to prevent damage from spillage.
- Scented items, such as bath soaps, should be placed on top, away from dry goods and food items, Can you imagine eating a rice meal tasting like Chanel. If you are shipping more than one barrel, or if you have small boxes you can separate these items, putting them in separate containers.
How to label your barrel
Now lets look at another important aspect to shipping your barrel and that is labelling. Correct labelling eliminates errors and speeds up the entire shipping process. Incorrectly labelled cargo may result in shipment delays not to mention create problems with handlers and Customs at destination. Bear in mind that your barrel is just one of many that the shipping company has to deal with in the one shipment …well you get the picture
- Label barrel/shipment with the correct name and address of your consignee at destination, include phone number if deemed necessary.
- when labelling the barrel be sure to do so on the top and on the sides of barrel/shipment, so that they are clearly identifiable. Also write your name and address as the shipper of the barrel/shipment. You can do this much like you would address a letter.
Fill out a “Shipper Letter of Instructions” sheet and include a detailed packing list, keep all your purchase receipts until your shipment has safely arrived and delivered to its final destination.
Double check that the information that is on your documents is the same as on the actual barrel/shipment customs can be very particular about this sort of thing.
This small oversight may cause customs to want to unpack the entire barrel to confirm the contents so be careful with this aspect.
Remember to seal your barrel with the seal you will receive from your shipping agent. Note that there is a serial number assigned to this seal so make a note of it on your dock receipt, you will need that information later
Boxes should be properly reinforced and taped and pallets should be shrink wrapped and preferably strapped for protection of the cargo.
It is a requirement that all wood packaging material destined for Jamaica must be Heat Treated and ISPM 15 certified.
Planning your shipment
Always plan ahead for your shipping so that your shipment arrives at destination in a timely manner to meet your needs, specially during peak periods .
Have shipment delivered or picked up in time to make the scheduled sailing. Avoid waiting for the last minute. The earlier goods are received it stands to reason that the earlier they will be processed to be shipped.
- The busy months for shipping are March/April (Easter), June/July/August (festivals/Carnivals/Independence/back to school) and, the busiest season of all, Christmas. Plan wisely for these shipping times so that you are never caught in the last minute rush.
- Make your Purchases in the weeks and months before you are ready to ship. It is always a good idea to choose a target arrival date (at destination) and from there choose the shipping date.
>When shipping or air freighting your goods from abroad make sure that:
• shipping/airline documents are obtained from the shipping/airline agent abroad;
• you know the freight agent or shipping company in Jamaica who is responsible for handling your goods when they arrive.
Be sure to take the Bill Of Lading , Airway Bill so as to clear your goods through customs
Cost to ship your barrel and how long it takes to reach Jamaica
|Country Barrel Shipping From||$ Approx Cost to Ship||# Average Time To Reach|
|United States||50 to 100 USD||7 to 14 days|
|United Kingdom||80 to 100 USD||14 to 21 days|
|Canada||50 to 100 USD||14 to 21 days|
The above values are approximate and depend on many different variables like the actual shipper , if there are delays etc.
Also note that the figures quoted do not include the various fees such as handling charge which can range between $2500 and just under $4000 .
It is also important that you clear your barrel without delay because most shippers only allow you seven days free there after you will be required to pay anywhere from $40 to $200 per day for storage depending on the shipper you used..
And of course dont forget your customs duties which should be about $6500.
Ok so now you should have a fair idea on how much money to walk with when going to clear your barrel.
CLEARING YOUR ITEMS THROUGH CUSTOMS
If your goods are personal and household effects and do not exceed a Cost Insurance and Freight (CIF) value of US$3000 or the Jamaican equivalent, then you may proceed to the wharf, airport or private warehouse to clear your goods.
customs has now tried to make it easy for you to process and clear your shipment through customs and the simplified steps can be found here 5 easy steps to clear your barrel
Take all your documents such as Taxpayer Registration Number (TRN), valid identification (driver’s licence, passport or voter’s ID), Invoice, Bill of Lading or Air Way Bill, C27 form, C78X form (not required if items are not dutiable or value US$100 or less) or C86 to the Customs Manifest Branch, at the clearance point. The Manifest Clerk or Officer will process and stamp the baggage declaration form and return the documents to you
- Present all documents to the Customs Officer on duty and await his/her instructions. You should be ready to open your baggage for inspection when told to do so.If, after inspection, it is determined that no duty is payable, the Customs Officer will issue a Customs Release. If it is determined that duties are payable the Customs Officer will direct you to the Customs Cashier to pay the necessary duties and fees. On your return after paying the duties and fees, the Customs Officer will issue the Customs Release.
Persons to whom packages have been sent from overseas:
- Take your Arrival Notice, Bill of Lading or Airway Bill and identification to the freight agent who is responsible for receiving and handling your goods.The freight agent will process your papers and collect all fees due to them (not customs fees) and advise you when and where (wharf or warehouse) the package(s) will be available for inspection by Customs.3. Take your documents (including Customs Forms C78X and C86 ) to the wharf or warehouse at the appropriate time and present them to the clerk in the Customs Manifest Branch .
After you have collected your shipping documents from the shipping agent and paid the relevant handling and/storage fees
proceed to the warehouse where your barrel or package is stored.
If you have an unaccompanied baggage form c27 (yellow form) from the airport you must present it along with your TRN and your passport to the customs officer
At the warehouse you must present your shipping documents ie your bill of lading and your arrival notice to the security and wait for your barrel to be located and brought out for inspection
Once located, the Customs Officer will instruct you to open and unpack the barrel or package for inspection
You will then be directed to the customs cashier to make payment.After you ha After you have paid you then take the release order to the warehouse operator who will then issue a gate pass to you
If your barrel contains only personal effects and non commercial items then a flat rate of $6500 is applicable
If You Are Clearing A barrel For Someone
If you are clearing a barrel for someone you must present
- an authorization letter which is signed and stamped by a justice of the peace
- Along with the consignee”s tax registration number (trn) and a valid passport .
Once you have all of these, you can go ahead and present them to Customs.
Ok so now that you have cleared your barrel how do you get it to your destination?
Well there are usually trucks and vans on the outside of the port who will be more than willing to transport your precious cargo.
They usually have rates which they charge however these rates can vary depending on how you look, if you have an accent etc. one thing is sure though, be prepared to negotiate because sometimes you will get an artificially high rate because the vehicle operator is expecting you to haggle about the price .
All you need to do now is choose the one that best suits your needs,budget and schedule.
Hope the foregoing has helped you, be sure to check back as we revise the content periodically as things change.