ATC Freight and Shipping
ATC Freight & Shipping has close working arrangements with a wide range of agents and air freight carriers located in major ports worldwide. We provide weekly FCL (Full Container Load) , LCL (Less-than- Container Load), barrels, boxes, and crates from Panama, USA, Curacao, Canada, and China including a range of support services at origin and destination.
Our complete ocean freight service enables you to ship large and small shipments cost-effectively, including handling all your customs documentation at origin and destination in Kingston, Jamaica.
How are your charges calculated for LCL shipments?
Consolidated shipping costs are calculated based on a price per cubic meter. All LCL shipments are measured at our forwarder’s warehouse to determine the final cubic measurement of the shipment, and are then loaded into the steel container for the freight transport.
How to calculate final shipping volume ?
To calculate the final size of the shipment, each pallet or crate is measured by multiplying the longest, widest and highest point of the pallet or crate. For example, a 48″Long x 42″Wide x 6’High pallet would equal 2.28 cubic meters. Please be aware that the exporter/seller is usuall responsible for packing the goods, therefore the type of packaging required for any product varies with the nature and volume of the product. Generally the following types of packaging are used by us: shrink wrapping, wooden pallets, crates, and bales.
The final size of the shipment will be documented on the ocean bills of lading. ATC Freight & Shipping recommends that all consolidated shipments be palletized or crated, as we uphold the three basic functions of packaging which are the three Ps of Protection, Preservation, and Presentation. There are NO COSTS for palletizing shipments, however wooden crates are at cost depending on the size of the crate.
Suited for larger volumes, ex-works, motor vehicles, and large heavy duty equipment. With FCL service it means as a shipper you have booked a full container solely for yourself to carry your cargo.
We can arrange for ex-works (loaded at supplier premises), or loaded at our forwarder’s warehouse. Once a full container has been loaded and locked, a seal is placed on the container to ensure its security. This seal is then checked for integrity upon its destination in Kingston or Montego Bay.
Freight Forwarding & Logistics
Our freight forwarding and cargo management services include air, ocean and ground transportation, and door-to-door service for virtually any size shipment and any commodity to and from Jamaica. Equally as important, our one-to-one service culture ensures the safe handling of your shipments and allows real time access to information about your shipments.
We specialize in arranging storage and shipping of all kinds of merchandise, providing a full range of services including: tracking inland transportation, preparation of shipping and export documents, warehousing, booking cargo space, negotiating freight charges, freight consolidation, cargo insurance, and filing of insurance claims.
We have the local know-how and resources to provide full clearing and forwarding services for shipments to destinations worldwide, as well as efficient final delivery to destination. With personalized services, we can handle your shipment – regardless of size, point of origin or destination.
ATC Freight & Shipping through is Affiliate Regal Customs Brokers (Licensed Customs Brokers) is on hand to assist customers to overcome the complexity of Customs clearance at Jamaican ports. Our staff are experienced and are licensed professionals. Our expert team and advanced systems ensure that the necessary government declarations are completed accurately and on-time for your import and export shipments.
Documents needed for Customs Clearance
Taxpayer Registration Number (TRN)
Tax Compliance Certificate (TCC)
Bill of lading or Airway Bill
Certificate of Origin and CARICOM Invoices for goods originating in CARICOM Countries
Import permits or licences required for certain goods
Letter of Guarantee, Bond Instrument, Manager’s cheque or cash deposit for (temporary Imports).
C78X – Personal Effects Clearance Form
C86 – Accompany C78X for clearance
C87 – Import/Export Entry Form
C87A – Supplementary Pages
C73 – Authorization Form
Restricted and Prohibited Items
Prohibited items refer to articles that are banned from entering the island while restricted items are goods that require permits/licences to enter the island.
Counterfeit money, whether coin-based or otherwise, from any country.
All publications of de Laurence Scott and Company and Red Star Publishing Company from Chicago, United States, relating to divination, magic, cultism, or supernatural arts.
Camouflage clothing (which are only used in the Jamaica Defense Force).
Indecent and obscene prints, such as child pornography.
Black Mosquito Destroyer and any other items that are not approved by Jamaica’s health authorities.
Meanwhile, restricted items that are imported without the requisite permits/license will be confiscated by the Customs Department and destroyed. The importers will also be faced with penalties based on provisions of the Customs Act. The most popular items on the restricted list include (but are not limited to):
Meat, animals, red peas, fruits, vegetables, plants/plant products, ground provisions, milk-based products all require a Permit or Phyto Sanitary Certificate from the Ministry of Agriculture.
Pharmaceuticals, chemicals and herbal teas require a Pharmaceutical Services Division Certificate from the Ministry of Health.
All firearms and accessories, explosives, fireworks, firecrackers, toy guns, radar detectors, pepper spray, swords, spear guns, and lasers require permit and license from the Ministry of National Security and the Trade Board.
All coconut derivatives, oil-producing seeds and edible oils require a permit from the Coconut Industry Board.
Also, alcohol in bulk requires a Spirit Pool Permit from the Spirit Pool Association.
When importing human remains, the importer must obtain a permit from the Ministry of Health.
The importation of two-way radios requires approval and license from the Spectrum Management Authority.
All motor vehicles and motorcycles (not more than 5 years) require an import license from the Trade Board.
If motor cycle is over 700 cc – contact Ministry of National Security.
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