Jamaica Chamber Of Commerce
Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association of Jamaica

Kingston Wharves opens its doors on Saturdays this December

  • 2-21-2012

Kingston Wharves Limited (KWL), as part of a number of initiatives to improve service and  clearance of cargo throughout the upcoming busy Christmas season, will be open for business on the three Saturdays leading up to Christmas - December 4th, 11th and 18th. Normal business hours will be observed from 8am to 4pm and will specifically facilitate warehouse delivery of ‘personal effects’ and commercial cargo. These additional days are intended to provide customers with additional time as well as the flexibility of being able to do business on a Saturday.

Customers expecting items from friends and relatives overseas are encouraged to clear their barrels early to avoid the Christmas rush and storage charges.  Also, the flat rate for Customs Duty on ‘personal effects’ barrels has not changed, it remains at $5,000 per barrel.
"Ship Early and Clear Early" to avoid the Christmas rush and storage charges.  

Among the new measures in place, include the stripping of containers at nights between 9pm and 5am. This move allows cargo to be ready for clearance during normal day-time business hours. Improvements have also been made to the IT systems

at Kingston Wharves which will help to identify any bottlenecks, customers may experience while clearing their cargo, so that they can be immediately addressed. As a result of these combined measures, customers should experience fewer delays in clearing their cargo this festive season.

“We know that many of our customers are excited and in some instances, anxious about receiving gifts and other items sent from their loved ones abroad. As an ongoing exercise, at Kingston Wharves, we are doing our part to make the experience of the clearing barrels and other packages as hassle-free as possible this season,” said Grantley Stephenson, CEO – Kingston Wharves Limited.