Jamaican High Commission United Kingdom

Jamaican high commission

Diaspora Notes September 2014

THE DIASPORA MAPPING PROJECT 

The Diaspora Mapping Project was officially launched in the United Kingdom on 13th June 2014, by Hon. Arnaldo Brown, Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica, when he visited for the 4th Biennial Diaspora Conference in June 2014.

The aim of the project is to determine the location, interest and skills of members of the Diaspora, while building the Jamaican Government’s capacity to more effectively and strategically engage its Diaspora.   Members of the Diaspora with special skills and experiences that can be used to fill jobs in Jamaica will be more easily identified.

The project is scheduled to last for 18 months, and the High Commission encourages your participation in the survey.

The website for the survey is: www.mapjadiaspora.iom.int

You can begin the survey by clicking on the Take the Survey button.

Do participate and encourage your family and friends to do so as well.

Are you having problems logging on to the website?  Don’t despair, contact us at the High Commission at Contact Us/Feedback

We have available “Offline Survey Forms” which you can complete and they will be sealed and sent confidentially to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade in Jamaica.

  

CHARITABLE DONATIONS under THE CHARITIES ACT 2013

The process of registering Charities under Jamaica’s Charities Act commenced officially on 24th December 2013.  Based on the provisions of the Act, charitable donations can now be more easily sent to recipients in Jamaica, once they have been officially registered as a Charitable Organization.  

Charitable Organizations in Jamaica which normally receive donations from Jamaican communities overseas should, therefore, contact the following Department to get registered:

The Department of Co-operatives & Friendly Societies
2 Musgrave Avenue
Kingston 10
Tel. (876) 978-1946/927-6572
Email: Contact Us/Feedback

Contact Us/FeedbackWebsite: www.dcfsjamaica.org 

On receipt of their Registration Certificates, Charitable Organizations are entitled to relief from Customs Duties, General Consumption Tax, Special Consumption Tax and Additional Stamp Duty on donations that are sent from overseas. 

Charitable Organizations in Jamaica must be officially established for a charitable purpose. This includes the following:

a) the prevention or relief of poverty;

b) the advancement of education;

c) the advancement of religion;

d) the advancement of health or saving of lives;

e) the advancement of good citizenship or community development;

f) the advancement of the arts, culture, heritage or science;

g) the advancement of amateur sports;

h) the advancement of human rights conflict resolution or reconciliation;

i) the promotion of religion or racial harmony or equality and diversity;

j) the advancement of environmental protection/improvement;

k) the advancement of animal welfare; and

l) the relief of those in need because of youth, advanced age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage (including temporary disadvantages such as the effects of a public disaster or public emergency).

Waivers and tax reliefs are provided under the following elements of Schedule 3: The Customs Act, the General Consumption Act, the Income Tax Act, the Property Tax Act, the Stamp Duty Act and the Transfer Tax Act.

Kindly also note the following:

  • For shipments to multiple beneficiaries, each beneficiary must be registered and named on the shipping documents; 
  • The donor should be able to provide the name of the beneficiary; 
  • The beneficiary must be registered under the Charities Act; 
  • Schools are beneficiaries of educational material under the Second Schedule and sportswear under the Third Schedule of the Customs Act;
  • Churches which receive donations are required to be registered under the Charities Act;
  • All Charitable Organizations should present the approved Charitable Organization Certificate and a valid Tax Compliance Certificate to the Collector of Customs for processing in order to receive duty free privileges from the Jamaica Customs Agency. 
  • The documents are then verified and affixed a locator number (cc#);
  • Although Charitable Organizations are entitled to relief of Customs Duties, General Consumption Tax, Special Consumption Tax and Additional Stamp Duty on general cargo, they will however be required to pay the Environmental Levy and Customs Administrations Fee (CAF) on general cargo.
  • From time to time, approved Charitable Organizations are subject to post audits from both the Jamaica Customs Agency and Tax Administration Jamaica.