KINGSTON, Jamaica, Oct. 25, 2014 - The Trade Board is considering the restart of the importation of damaged vehicles under a regulated system. Chairman of the Trade Board, Benthan Hussey said the reopening under a trading model, presents a huge opportunity for Jamaica if manage effectively.
He said the addition of the model may establish a motor vehicle industry, that is comparable to those operating globally. It will govern vehicles, whether they are damaged prior to shipment or while at the wharf.
He also said local repairs to imported damaged vehicles will have to be done to international standards as this was a problem under the previous system.
He alluded to reports of vehicles splitting in two on collision; and engines and other parts falling out, stating that these issues were considered during deliberations to reopen the importation of damaged vehicles.
In the meantime, Trade Administrator at the Trade Board, Victor Cummings, noted that the new motor vehicle policy which came into effect in April, 2014 will be fully enforced.
“I believe that this policy will build a dealers costumer base through direct public relations and a satisfied customer. So we are encouraging you to work with us and if you have a problem we are willing to sit down and work it out, but the policy is in place and it will be enforced,” Mr. Cummings said.
He also reminded businesses that they are not allowed to import a vehicle until they have a license.
“Do not ship the vehicles until you have received the license. Several times we have had the problem where vehicles have been shipped, they land at customs and then there is a breach and the license was never issued. We have also have people applying for the license after it has been shipped,” Mr. Cummings stated.
Companies that sell motor vehicles are urged to issue receipts at the point of sale. The receipts must have the description of the item, name and address of the vendor, date of the transaction and the amount to be paid by the customer.
Jamaica’s Motor Vehicle Policy was revised to adhere to the government’s safety standard of keeping motorist safe on the roadways, through eliminating the importation of motor vehicles which may be faulty or severely damaged in the originating country.