Making an announcement as he opened the 2017 Sectoral Debate in Parliament yesterday, April 4, Jamaica Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, said amendments were indicative of the bold steps being taken by the ministry “to ensure that players within this sub-sector also reap the many benefits of tourism’s success.”
Ground transportation operators in the Jamaica tourism industry, including tour operators, have been given an incentive to diversify, upgrade and refresh their fleets with Cabinet-approving amendments to the Customs Tariff Regime.
The move is in recognition of growth in various sectors such as manufacturing, agriculture and transportation, being driven by the enhanced linkages with the tourism sector.
Minister Bartlett disclosed that “the new framework would see an increase in the upper CIF value on motor vehicles for car rental and contract carriage operators to US$41,000 with full duties payable on the first dollar in excess of that amount.” However, there will be no change to the current cc rate restrictions on those operators.
इसके अतिरिक्त, नए उत्पादक इनपुट राहत सुविधा को क्या कहा जाता है, पर्यटन मंत्री ने कहा कि टूर ऑपरेटरों के लिए फ्रेमवर्क में यूएस $ 50,000 तक मोटर वाहनों के लिए अनुमत ऊपरी सीआईएफ मूल्य में वृद्धि देखी जाएगी। टूर ऑपरेटरों के लिए इस सुविधा के अन्य लाभों में आयातित मोटर वाहनों पर सीसी दर प्रतिबंध हटाने और 20 अतिरिक्त वाहनों की वृद्धि शामिल है।
“This is a game changer as it will allow transportation operators to buy not just more vehicles but bigger and better vehicles,” the Minister said, noting that, “the tour operators have been clamoring for this for years, and we have delivered.”