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September 2020
 

Above Body

 08 Sep 2020    communications   

Jamaica has now installed amnesty bins at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) in Kingston and the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay and is airing a public service announcement reminding travellers to declare all plants, animals, and animal and plant products.
This was disclosed by Chief Plant Quarantine/Produce Inspector in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Sanniel Wilson-Graham.
She noted that these efforts are seeking to increase the public’s awareness on the importance of safeguarding our agricultural sector and natural environment from the introduction of plant pests and animal diseases.

“It also complements the mandatory declaration on the country's immigration form asking all travellers to the country to declare if they are carrying plants, plant products and animal products,” she said.

“The introduction of pests and diseases has serious economic impact on our agriculture and natural environment. Jamaica, like other countries, is seeing an increase in pest threat. Consequently, in keeping with the International Year of Plant Health 2020, we have moved to seek the public's assistance in helping the Ministry to safeguard our borders,” Mrs. Wilson-Graham added.

The Amnesty Bins will provide the traveling public with an opportunity to voluntarily discard plants, plant products and animal products before entering the country and before being fined by Customs for not declaring same. The illegal importation of plants, plant products and animal products attracts a fine under the Jamaica Customs Act.

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