The Jamaican High Commissioner, Her Excellency Aloun Ndombet-Assamba takes this opportunity to express sincere and heartfelt appreciation to all those who have supported the appeal for contributions to the Special Relief Fund established by the High Commission in the aftermath of the passage of Hurricane Sandy. To date, donations totalling approximately £3,702 have been received for transmission to the relevant authorities in Jamaica. The Fund remains open so further contributions are welcome. Thank you. All the best for the New Year.
The Christmas Season is on in earnest and many persons are making plans to travel abroad. Jamaicans are no different as this is an opportunity to reunite with family and friends.
Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting visited the UK to seek more international assistance and co-operation with a view to strengthening the Jamaica Constabulary Force in its fight against crime.
The Jamaica Customs Department has delayed the implementation of increased rates for clearance of personal effects barrels. It says owing to the current hurricane restoration project, the new rates will now be implemented in January 2013. Persons clearing barrels will continue to pay the existing rate of J$5000 per barrel until 31 December 2012. The new rate of J$6000 will take effect on Wednesday 2 January 2013
The Jamaica Customs Department says starting November 1, the fee will be increased from J$5,000 to J$6,500. This is the first duty adjustment since 2009 when the flat fee was introduced.