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Jamaica International Moving Services

Are you thinking of moving abroad and settling in Jamaica? International moving might seem like an uphill task, and yes it is, if not executed properly. In fact, it is almost near impossible if you decide to do it alone. That is why most people prefer the services of a professional international moving company to ease the burden. At A-1 Auto Transport, we offer these services and go a step further to ship your vehicle safely.

Moving to Jamaica Cost & Time Examples

To/From2BR4BREstimated Time
Miami to Portmore$2,800- $4,900$5,400- $8,9003-5 weeks
Seattle to Kingston$3,200- $5,500$6,200- $10,2003-6 weeks
San Jose to Kingston$3,300- $5,500$6,200- $10,3003-6 weeks
Detroit to Kingston$3,300- $5,500$6,200- $10,2003-5 weeks
Atlanta to Kingston$3,300- $5,700$6,300- $10,4003-5 weeks
Portland to Kingston$3,500- $5,900$6,600- $10,8003-6 weeks
Las Vegas to Kingston$3,900- $6,300$7,100- $11,6003-6 weeks
Chicago to Kingston$3,900- $6,300$7,100- $11,7003-5 weeks
Indianapolis to Kingston$3,900- $6,300$7,100- $11,7003-5 weeks
Dallas to Portmore$6,200- $10,200$6,300- $10,3003-6 weeks

*Please note that these estimates do not include taxes, customs fees & duties, insurance & quarantine inspections. They assume easy access to both pick up and drop-off addresses and do not allow for special items such as pianos.

Estimated Weight (based on home size): 1BR=2600 lbs - 3900 lbs 2BR=3900 lbs - 5200 lbs 3BR=6500 lbs - 9100 lbs 4BR=9100 lbs - 14300 lbs 5BR=11700 lbs - 19500 lbs

Duties when shipping your household belongings

You can receive import duty exemption, if your household belongings have been owned and personally used by you for at least the last six months. Customs only gives you three months to bring your goods in without paying duty - after which time you’ll need to renew your C27 Form.

If you aren’t fortunate enough to be granted duty exemption, then expect to pay between 5 - 40%. An additional Consumption Tax of 15% can also be imposed, though this seems to be based upon the specific item being imported (1).

Forms when shipping your household belongings

Customs cannot process your shipment without the correct documentation. You must submit your tax registration number and full inventory. Your Work Permit or Residence Permit needs to be provided as well. Form C27 (Unaccompanied Baggage Declaration) is to be filled out once you arrive, and handed into customs. A valid Letter of Employment and your passport should also be included (2).

Duties when shipping your vehicle

It appears that foreigners importing a vehicle into Jamaica will incur duty for the privilege. The specific rate isn’t listed, though this will be charged on the value assigned for your vehicle by customs officials. You’re also not permitted to bring vehicles with engines larger than 2,800 cc’s into Jamaica. The vehicle must be manufactured within the last four years as well, in order to be eligible for importation. Finally, at least according to one source - a valid Import License is required to proceed (3).

Forms when shipping your vehicle

You’ll need to present your Import License, along with Import Entry Form C78. A tax compliance certificate and proof of insurance are also needed. An invoice that lists the CIF value, all accessories and the vehicle model is mandatory documentation as well. You must provide your driver’s license, your passport and the Original Bill of Lading too. Finally, you should show the vehicle’s title and registration from the origin country (4).

This overview isn’t comprehensive, and you should work closely with a reputable moving company like A1 Auto Transport. We’ll ensure that you don’t miss any vital details, which could cause major problems during clearance. It’s also a good idea to check with Jamaican customs before moving, to confirm what paperwork is required and what regulations are enforced.

Tips on how to make your international move easier

Pay a visit: Going to a new place for the first time can sometimes be intimidating. This is because you are not familiar with how everything operates. It is therefore advisable to pay a visit, weeks or months, before the moving day. Doing this will help you familiarize yourself with the place.

Plan ahead: It is important to make sure everything is in place well in advance. Most international moving companies advise their clients to start preparations 90 days before the moving day. This gives ample time to everything that needs to be taken care of. It also helps to avoid last minute delays, especially with customs.

Do research: Ensure you have done a thorough search on the web about the local languages, regions, cities, and the rules and regulations of your destination. This will make the transition easier. For instance, you need to find out about the rules governing home ownership in Jamaica. Certainly, such research will better inform you on whether to buy a home or rent an apartment.

Visa and passport: Moving abroad requires a visa and a passport. When looking for Jamaica International Moving Services, visit the Embassy of Jamaica in Washington DC, or apply through their website. Ensure you consult on the specific type of visa required. You may be required to get a temporary one before you apply for permanent residency.

Also, ensure that you have acquired a passport from the US Government.

A-1 Auto Transport can help you move your household goods internationally. Call 888-509-3213 to get a free, no obligation to buy price quote on interstate moving services.

Why you need a professional moving company when relocating overseas

As we have established, international moving is not an easy task. If you choose to execute everything alone, it is very strenuous, complex, and time-consuming. Also, you are at the risk of damaging or losing your belongings during the process.

Professional movers give you peace of mind since they have the expertise, personnel and the right equipment to get the job done. Also, they will handle and take care of your belongings during transit. This saves you time and energy.

How to find the best international moving company

You can search the internet or seek information from friends when looking for Jamaica International Moving Services. After you get the information, here are a few factors to consider:

  • Find out if the companies are licensed. You will want to deal with movers who abide by all regulations.
  • Also, find out if they have insurance that caters for damage during transit.
  • Do a thorough comparison of costs involved to get the most affordable rate.
  • Read customer reviews on the companies’ websites.

Our Jamaica international moving services

We provide the following:

  • Packing/unpacking: We help in loading your belongings on to our transport facilities. We also help in unloading them at your destination.
  • Commercial moving: We handle moving of office and business equipment and other assets.
  • Apartment moves: We handle relocation from one apartment to another.
  • Planning and preparation: We give useful information regarding planning. Such may include how to package your belongings ready for the moving day.
  • Visa and immigration services: We help in registering for visa and Jamaica immigration services.
  • Housing services: We help in locating and finding suitable housing.
  • Family services: We also help in locating and finding family services such as hospitals and schools.
  • Auto transport services: We guarantee to transport your vehicle safely and keep it in storage until you are ready to collect it.

Why A-1 Auto Transport?

We have been in operation for more than 30 years. We know what it means and what it takes to move abroad. In fact, we have helped thousands of people relocate overseas. Indeed, we pride ourselves for having such an achievement. We also have all the resources and knowledge you need regarding international moving. Rest assured that whatever questions you have, we have the answers.

Make the switch!

If you are planning to move to Jamaica, kindly contact our experts on our toll-free-number 888-509-3213. Also, to get a free estimate of our services, kindly fill-in the form at the top of this page.


If you are planning to move to Jamaica, kindly contact our experts on our toll-free-number 888-509-3213. Also, to get a free estimate of our services, kindly fill-in the form at the top of this page.

(1) Found on Atlas Int’l “Importing Personal Property Into Jamaica” page. (2) (3) Found on Moverscom “Moving to Jamaica” page. (4)

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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

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Satisfied Customers

“A1 Auto Transport helped me move a vehicle to Iowa from Houston. I was a bit nervous, no knowing much about such services. Thanks to Joe, I was able to clear the fog a little. He answered all my questions and explained everything in a way that left no room for interpretation. The details were straightforward. I picked Sunday as the pickup date, since I wasn’t at work, and they accommodated me. The truck arrived an hour early, yet the driver patiently waited for me to arrive. He thoroughly checked my car for scratches or anything that might affect the transport then drove it onto the truck. I was given a 2 day time window during which the car was supposed to arrive in, and it got to Iowa in the evening of the first day. The trip didn’t damage it at all. Next time a friend wants to move, I’ll surely recommend A1 Auto Transport.”

“Most of the time people take the time to write a complaint letter. I am very happy with your service so far so I thought I would write and tell you. In today's world where mediocre service is the norm your company has proved your commitment to customer service is far above that of your competitors. I have not received my car yet but I felt compelled to write this email and commend A-1 Autotransport for the job well done thus far. Here are some points I would like to make. Your dispatcher Marie Ferguson upgraded my cars transportation, at no extra cost, to an enclosed transporter. My car is a rare SS Camaro Convertible with only 4,000 miles and is perfect in every way. I can't tell you how much I appreciate her concern for my cars safety. When the seller of the car was a little on the uncooperative side your agents offered to pick the car up where it was at the sellers residence. Again at no extra cost to me. The seller of the car called me after the car was picked up and mentioned how professional the driver was and how he moved cars off the transporter to put my car in the best location for it's long ride to Oregon. When I heard that I felt reassured I had chosen the right company to move my car. The system you have to track the progress is really fun. It took me a little while to figure it out but I had a blast watching the progress. Your driver didn't waste any time. The car was picked up in Ft Lauderdale Florida on Tuesday evening and was in Watsonville California Saturday afternoon. Great Job! I thought I might hear from you Sunday to arrange pick up of my car, most likely I hear from you Monday morning. Thank you again for all you folks have done for me. I would be happy to recommend your service to anyone who asks. Best Regards, Brian Hewgill”

“Thanks to Joe, moving my car was easy. It was real easy to get a hold of him over the phone or text, and he was real nice to talk to. I was set to use another auto transport company, but I just stopped hearing from them. Joe got me scheduled in five minutes flat. My Hyundai needed to go from New York to Florida. No comments on the car’s state at arrival. It was as I left it. Definitely worth my money.”

“I just want to thank you for the excellent and prompt service you offered. I called twice to request information on the status of my car and I received very fast reply. I received the car in excellent condition and the driver was so great willing to arrange the appropriate time to get my car at the door. I can only be thankful. I have to admit I doubt about doing business with you, because I read a negative review on a different website. However, I think it was worth it to use your company and I would recommend it to everyone.”

“I had difficulties in providing the details online, so I decided to call A1 Auto Transport's hotline. I’m an old lady and I needed someone to guide me on how to ship my vehicle. A1 did not take advantage of my age in processing the transaction. My husband was surprised I was able to send him our 1999 Mercedes Benz to Maryland in the exact condition as before it left our vacation house. It was a memorable vehicle, his anniversary gift to me. I am delighted by the staff of A1 Auto Transport. I wish you more years, so you could assist old people like me.”

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