Duty-Free Importation of European Automobiles to Come Into Effect This Year!

The Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to Jamaica, Marianne Van Steen, announced at the EU offices in Kingston that the duty-free importation of European automobiles would be implemented this year.

The announcement came during the Delegation of the European Union to Jamaica Europe Day Reception 2023, where the Ambassador also mentioned that the EU is committed to assisting Jamaica in achieving its development goals, and is supporting the country financially and with technical expertise.

Jamaica is part of the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), which was signed in 2008 and has made it easier for people and businesses from the two regions to invest and trade with each other.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, welcomed the development and encouraged the local business community to take advantage of the available opportunities in the EPA.


The EU is the largest grant donor to Jamaica, and its support covers a range of areas, including health, education, urban renewal, security, justice reform, private-sector development, community development, digitisation, and green technologies.

This year marks the 48th year of diplomatic ties between Jamaica and the EU and the 73rd anniversary of Europe Day.

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