Effective February 1, vehicles being imported into Jamaica will have to undergo pre-shipment inspection in the country of origin.
Karl Samuda, Minister of Industry and Commerce, made the announcement at a media briefing Tuesday morning.
He said an order was passed by Cabinet.
"We had to move it ahead really quickly because we received information that there was beginning to be an accumulation of vehicles to be shipped to Jamaica. I am only suspecting it is in anticipation of the introduction of this regulation; and so in an effort to ensure that the consumers of Jamaica get the best possible deal, we felt it necessary to step up the pace and to have it introduced no later that the first of February," the minister proclaimed.
Mr. Samuda said the new arrangement will protect buyers from discrepancies in vehicles' model year and will ensure that odometer readings are accurate.
- Countries: Jamaica