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Enhancing and Facilitating Jamaica’s Cross-Border Trade using International Standards

There will be a roll out of ICT infrastructure to enable connectivity in cross border trade activities using international standards. This will address any highlighted inefficiencies in current procedures.


Expected Project Benefits and Impact

The adoption of international standards for trade through streamlining and reducing the multiplicity of inspections by Border Regulatory Agencies (BRAs) from three or more inspections per transaction, to two or one coordinated inspection per transaction by June 2020.

This will be achieved through an integrated and coordinated approach with the BRAs, Jamaica Customs Agency, and other MDAs that play a critical role in trade facilitation. Core areas for intervention to be achieved by the project include legislative reform, revision to the fee structure, and the development of an enterprise risk management system.

The project will also support streamlining of communication and change management across the wider Trade Facilitation Programme.


Project Scope

With a budget of USD 1,200,000 and a timeline of 2019- 2023 implementing government agency, the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF) has plans to achieve the following goals:


  • Change process of inspection by Border Regulatory Agencies through development of Enterprise Risk Management which will reduce the multiplicity of inspections by Border Regulatory Agencies.


  • Seamless integration of the process of applying for permits, licenses and other authorizations issued by the targeted Border Regulatory Agencies involved in the regulation and facilitation of trading goods into the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) World and the Electronic Single Window for Trade.


  • Amending and in some cases, creating legislation which is aligned to international best practices for trade.


  • Develop and Execute Change Management Strategy to manage the change process and to drive transitions to ensure change in attitudes in the Trade Facilitation Programme.


  • Develop and Execute Communication Strategy to sensitise and keep the stakeholders (public and private) informed of trade facilitation activities.


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