Jamaica receives development assistance in the form of donations from many individuals and institutions, including from well-wishers in Japan. These donations are welcome, provided that the following guidelines are observed:
Donations of Medical Supplies and /or Equipment
For the donation of ambulances, the following documents should be submitted:
Documents should be in English or officially translated and certified.
To view the list of items that donors may supply, please visit the website of the Ministry of Health, Jamaica at: www.moh.gov.jm
Donation of Educational Material and Equipment
Educational and non-educational goods (e.g. medical supplies) should not be packaged together, as the approval processes and requirements for customs clearance differ.
For shipment by sea, the following documentation should be sent ahead of the arrival of the goods to the relevant Ministry or beneficiary institution:
For shipment by air, the following documentation is to be sent ahead of the arrival of the goods to the relevant Ministry or beneficiary institution:
When goods are accompanying passengers, the necessary letters of approval must be obtained ahead of the arrival of the person for presentation to the Customs Officer. The arriving passengers may present the necessary letters directly to Customs, if these were received before their departure from their country of residence. Alternatively, the necessary letters of approval may be presented to the Customs Officer by a representative of the receiving institution in Jamaica.
Where the donation is to be made to a particular school, the local recipient in Jamaica must submit an application to the Ministry of Finance, through the Ministry of Education and Youth, in good time, for the waiver of any applicable duties or taxes. The recipient is also required to attach to this application all the documents indicated above, along with a statement that the goods will be used solely for the benefit of the named institution.
The Ministry of Education and Youth will advise the Ministry of Finance by a supporting letter, whether the institution is a duly registered educational one.
The approval process takes a maximum of 10 working days.
For further information please contact the following officers at the Ministry of Education and Youth.
Mr. Leon Fraser, Chief Procurement Officer
Telephone No. 876-922-1400-9 or 876-922-6568
Fax No. 876-922-6568
Mr. Lauriston Wilson, Director of Technical Services
Telephone No. 876-9226568 or 876-922-2798
Fax No. 876-922-6568
Donations to Other Organisations
The procedures for donating to charitable organizations are similar to those mentioned above.
For information on donations to children’s homes and national places of safety, please contact:
Child Development Agency
Office of the Prime Minister
1 Devon Road
Tel. 876 929 8880-5
Fax# 876 929 8459
For donations to HIV/AIDs-related organizations, please contact:
National AIDs Committee of Jamaica
2-4 Kings Street
4th Floor, Oceana Building
Tel. 876 967 1100/1103/1107