Carreras Wins Court Battle For Customs Refund

Lawyers for tobacco company Carreras Limited say they are awaiting word from Jamaica Custom Agency, JCA, after the Supreme Court this month ordered the commissioner of customs to repay the cigarette trader $58.38 million, or an amount that reflects the difference between the six-per cent duties owing for in-bond transactions and full duties applicable to goods sold domestically.

However, Commissioner of Customs Velma Ricketts Walker is not ready to fork over the funds, and is instead said to be consulting with the agency’s lawyers to decide her next move.

“The agency has received the judgment of the Supreme Court and is currently reviewing same with our legal advisers to determine our next steps,” Ricketts Walker told the Financial Gleaner this week via email.



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