Jamaican Postal System

Jamaican Postal System

Due to the logistics of Jamaica many addresses do not include a door number, street or road name, merely a district and parish. This makes it virtually impossible for post workers to circumnavigate the island delivering post to every individual residential and business place in Jamaica on a daily basis as we are used to in the UK.

I have to admit that was all I did know about the Jamaican postal system from my travels here over the years. But it wasn’t until I was looking on the Internet for a way to send something to the UK from Jamaica that I came across Jamaica Post, the Postal Corporation of Jamaica and was amazed at the reasonable postal prices and the amount of services it offered.

So in my quest to encourage everyone to  ‘SUPPORT JAMAICA BUY JAMAICAN!’ and raise awareness of Jamaica’s industries, companies, outstanding individuals and products, I present to you my first profile on Jamaica Post and ask,

“Instead of using that big foreign courier company, why not give Jamaica Post the business?”

Brief History of Jamaican Postal Service

Don’t get me wrong Jamaica does have a postal service, just not as we know it! Lets have a very brief condensed history lesson to get this straight….

 Way back in 1671, 31st October to be exact, Jamaica became the first British Colony to set up a Post Office in the then capital St. Jago De La Vega, or Spanish Town as it now known. The early settlers had complained that the mail delivery was too slow, so the Governor of Jamaica was instructed to open a Post Office to facilitate a more efficient service. Edward Dismore was eventually appointed as the first Postmaster General of Jamaica in 1754 and proceeded to widen the service by opening a series of Post Offices across the island, many of which remain today as Main Post Offices.

The main Post Office moved from Spanish Town to Kingston in 1776, and although it has moved sites several times it remains in the capital of Jamaica. In 1860 the biggest change occurred in the history of the Jamaican Post Office as it gained full managerial and operational power from the British and the first beautiful and distinctive Jamaican stamps were created and put into circulation. In the 1970’s a grand modernisation programme of the head office was instigated and since the 1980’s the main Post Office has boasted a modern facility with an automated central sorting office.

Mr Michael Gentles has been Postmaster General of Jamaica and the Chief Executive Officer of The Postal Corporation of Jamaica since 1st August 2006. He is much celebrated (and rightly so) as his many forward thinking advancements and modernisations to the Post Offices services and operations have in turn increased customer perception and satisfaction with the service. The Postal Corporation of Jamaica Ltd, has turned itself around and with Mr. Gentles at the reins it now offers more services and has improved dramatically, as you shall see for yourself.


Mr Michael Gentles Postmaster General of Jamaica

Mr Michael Gentles Postmaster General of Jamaica

Post Office Services

Jamaican Main Post Offices are open between 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mondays to Fridays and offer a full range of postal services.

Whereas, the Postal Agencies only run on a part-time basis, offering a restricted range of postal services. The full range of services available include:

  • Sale of judicial and National Insurance Stamps (NIS)
  • Acceptance and delivery of letters and parcels
  • Sale of philatelic products
  • Sale & encashment of Postal Money Orders
  • Acceptance and delivery of Registered Mail
  • Express Mail (EMS)
  • Facilitating pre-paid postage
  • Provision of private letter boxes
  • Zip Mail
  • Advertising mail
  • Postal Order (Jamaican $)
  • Community Bulletin (Varies at each Postal Location)

For an up to date price list please check the Jamaica Post website rates. 

Agency Services

Now that PostCorp has made commercial agreements with other companies, the Post Office is able to offer a portfolio of added services enabling you to deal with many other personal administration tasks at the same time, including:

  • Bill payments
  • Document reproduction and facsimile services
  • Gaming products
  • Internet Kiosks
  • Water Coupon
  • Moneygram
  • Jamaica Urban Transit Corporation Smart Card
  • Cool Card
  • PATH
  • Newspaper sales
  • DHL
  • Automated Banking Machine (JN, BNS)
  • Jamaica National Small Business Loans (Varies at each Postal Location)

Collecting Mail in Jamaica

Unless you have a private mail box with your own key, or have an address that has a delivery service, you won’t know if anything has been delivered for you unless you go to the local Post Office and ask. Just tell them your name and address and they will look and see if anything has come for you. Don’t forget, if anyone plans to send something to you and asks for your address, make sure you tell them to include the name of the local post office on the address printed on the front of the article.

Sending Mail From Jamaica

If you want to send something either domestically (within Jamaica) or overseas, there are many services available from Jamaica Post some of which I have outlined:

Domestic Mail (First Class)

The First-Class Mail service can be used within Jamaica (from a Jamaican address to another Jamaican address) for sending letters, postcards, postal cards, greeting cards, personal notes, checks, and money orders. They provide other services for registered mail, restricted delivery, certificates of mailing and postal insurance; anything insured at first-class rate must only contain merchandise or material, not required to be sent as first-class mail. The Post Office aims to deliver First-class Mail within 2 days to local address and 3 days for other non-local (and some rural) addresses.

Registered Mail

If you are sending something of value (there is no limit to the value) within Jamaica it is best to use Registered Mail, as it provides limited indemnity in case of loss or damage.  This delivery type usually takes 2 – 3 business days. As this type of mail provides maximum security, it must be deposited as specified by the Postal Service. Additionally, this type of mail is forwarded and returned without any more charges. In you need to make a claim, compensation is given dependant on the value of the item at the time of sending; insurance is not available for articles of no value. When you send an article by Registered Mail you will receive:

  1. A receipt.
  2. A record of delivery, retained by the Postal Service for a specified period of time.
  3. When registered mail is undeliverable-as-addressed and cannot be forwarded, a notice of non-delivery is provided.

Zip Mail©

If you feel the First-Class domestic service isn’t fast enough for you, when sending correspondence, business documents, printed matter, and lightweight merchandise (e.g. product samples) then try the next day 24 hour turnaround service Zip Mail©.  As long as you get the mail to them before the cut off time and it is well labelled, they guarantee delivery by the next day, to addresses where they usually deliver mail, or to the local Post Office for collection. The largest size for Zip Mail© deliveries is 108 inches in length and girth combined, and the greatest weight is 20 lbs; your local post office will supply Zip Mail© stickers at no extra charge if you ask for them.

Sending Parcels Overseas from Jamaica

Jamaica Post also offers a worldwide parcel delivery service for packages up to 10 kilo. They have a smart rate calculator on their website where you can input the country of delivery and the weight and it will give you an estimate.

This link is for the Jamaica Post Parcel Rate Calculator. Where you can check out rates for other countries: http://www.jamaicapost.gov.jm/rates/parcelrates


Jamaica Post Express Mail

Jamaica Post Express Mail

Express Mail Service (EMS)

Jamaica Post also offers ‘Express Mail Service (EMS)’, a fast, cost-effective and secure international courier service. This service enables you to send packages from 1 once to 22 pounds in weight (dependant on the destination) and reaches destinations in 3-5 working days; flight schedules allowing.

Most of the Main and larger Post Offices across the Jamaica offer the service, where you can buy the distinctive orange and blue striped packages.

The closing times for EMS items can be obtained by calling 1-888-526-7676 or 922-9448.

The service is available to the following countries:

  • CARIBBEAN (ie. Antigua, Barbados, Grand Cayman, Grenada, Trinidad & Tobago, St. Lucia)

Track and Trace

Jamaica Post offers modern parcel tracking for EMS parcels to the UK, USA and Canada. There is a link on their website to track and trace the journey of your goods from Jamaica to its final destination.

All EMS items can be tracked and traced in-house. Internet tracking via the Jamaica Post website is available on our home page for the following countries:

  1. United Kingdom (Royal Mail)
  2. USA (USPS)
  3. Canada (Canada Post)

Customers can track their items via these websites by using the “TRACK & CONFIRM” feature, or by calling the Customer Service Unit at the Central Sorting Office in Kingston, Jamaica, at Tel: 876-922-9448 in order to ascertain the delivery status of their items. In order to assist you when you call, our pleasant, helpful Customer Service Representatives will need to know the tracking (“registration”) number, so please have this information on hand.

The mail item will be checked for compliance with international security regulations and therefore must not be sealed prior to being submitted at the customer service desk.

Express Mail does not transport cash, dangerous goods, hazardous materials or any articles restricted by the country of destination.

All shipments must include addressee’s complete address, postcode, if any, and phone number.
To avoid any inconvenience, all items being sent for repair or replacement should be declared to the postal clerk before being sent abroad.

All non-documents (dutiable items) must be accompanied by a Commercial Invoice. These items are liable to customs clearance on arrival at the country of destination. This may also affect the transit time of the item.

Items Prohibited from Sending Through The Post

Although Jamaica Post does its best to serve its customers, they do have a list of prohibited items that it will not deliver for you, which I have copied from their website. These include:

It is prohibited to send by post:

  1. Dangerous articles (including explosives), inflammable, noxious, filthy deleterious or otherwise harmful substances; sharp instruments, not properly protected; Matches.
  2. Any indecent or obscene print, painting, photograph, lithography engraving cinematographic film, book card, written communication or any indecent or obscene article.
  3. Any article having thereon on the cover there of any words, marks or designs of an indecent, obscene, seditious, scurrilous, threatening or grossly offensive character.
  4. Any article consisting of or containing opium, morphia, cocaine or other narcotics except those forwarded for medical or scientific purposes to countries which permit them to be sent.
  5. Any article containing medicine of any kind unless the formula or the content is printed clearly on the container in English or French. Medications intended for the external or internal treatments of venereal disease are not permitted even if they comply with this condition.
  6. Living animals except bees, silkworms and leeches packed in accordance with regulations
  7. Articles which from their nature or packing may expose postal officials or any other person to danger or may soil or damage other articles or postal equipment in the course of conveyance.
  8. Any article containing or bearing any fictitious postage stamp or counterfeit impression of a stamping machine; purporting to be prepaid with any postage stamp which has been previously used to prepay any other postal article or other revenue duty or tax; or having thereon or on the cover thereof any words or letters or marks (used without due authorisation) which signify, or imply or may reasonably lead the recipient thereof to believe that the postal article is sent on Government Service.
  9. Any article containing coin or gold bullion exceeding ten dollars in value except coins used or designed for ornamental purposes and declared as such.
  10. Any article prohibited by the postal, customs or other laws or regulations of the country or place the article is being posted to or which it is addressed or through which it must pass.
  11. Carbon soiled paper, liquid celluloid, oilskins and similarly oiled goods.
  12. Soil
  13. Perishable articles except when addressed to destinations within the island or when enclosed in a hermitically sealed tin.
  14. Liquid unless packed as provided within specified postal regulations.
  15. Articles composed wholly or partly thereof raw celluloid roll film and cinematography films unless packed as provided within specified postal regulations.
  16. Articles consisting of or containing two or more postal articles (of the same or different inscriptions) addressed to two different persons who are at different addresses.
  17. Articles infringing trademark or copyright laws.
  18. Articles having anything written, printed or otherwise impressed across the postage stamp thereon before posting.

Apart from the prohibitions mentioned above, many countries abroad for various reasons impose restrictions on the importation of certain articles. Prohibitions and restrictions for other countries may be found here:


Parcels containing articles known to be prohibited from importation into the country of destination are not forwarded but are returned to the senders; parcels declared to contain articles of which importation is permitted only under certain conditions will generally speaking be accepted and dispatched.

The onus of compliance with these conditions rests with the sender; and Jamaica Post and by extension the Post and Telecommunications Department accepts no responsibility for the return or seizure of any parcel through the failure of the sender or addressee to comply with the necessary formalities.

Montego Bay: 10 Harbour Circle (off Howard Cooke Blvd. between LOJ shopping Center and Pier 1)

To finish

I would like to once again urge everyone to use Jamaica Post, instead of one of the large international couriers. Why? Firstly, they give  great service, which is cost effective, safe and efficient. Secondly, in order to build Jamaica we need to use, publicise and generate customers to buy into all that is great in Jamaica, whether that be Jamaican companies, products, industries, individuals, brands or initiatives.

Jamaica Post has its ‘purpose’ written on their website which I believe sums it all up perfectly….

Our purpose is to provide every household and business in Jamaica with the ability to communicate and conduct business with each other and the world efficiently, effectively and economically.







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  1. Aleya

    Thanks so much! This is incredibly helpful for me since I’m creating a new service for people to sell through. The prices are actually ok, considering.

    1. Post author

      Hey Aleya, welcome to the site and thanks for taking the time to comment. I was also really surprised at how cost effective the pricing is from Jamaica Post and I think it provides a good alternative to using a multi-national courier company for business post too. Good luck with the venture, I have looked at your website with interest and would love to hear more about it… you can private message me at contactus@sweetjamaica.co.uk

  2. Treveno

    This was a very interesting article to read and this has shed some light on some aspects of Jamaica that I wasn’t aware of. Thanks for the information!

  3. Post author

    This email was sent by a reader, but was connected to an image of Mr Michael Gentles instead of the post itself. Therefore in order for other readers to view it, I have copied it and moved it over to here…. Jules 🙂

    Mrs S Braithwaite
    Submitted on 2013/12/31 at 8:54 AM

    I think that it is downright appauling, to charge an old 80 year old, 2.700JMD to collect a small parcel from Montego Bay 2 Post Office, when its already been paid for, and cost £24.00, which is equivalent to 4,164JMD, first class registered mail, which should rightly cover all cost, including free collection when it get to Jamaica.
    Its a crying shame!!!!!

    1. Post author

      Submitted on 2014/01/01 at 8:58 PM | In reply to Mrs S Braithwaite.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment Mrs Braithwaite and I am sorry for your frustration. Unfortunately, the postage paid overseas only covers the cost of delivery to the local Post Office or P.O. Box in Jamaica, and the receiver is expected to pay import duties, taxes and charges.

      I have also felt the sting of this when I sent a used mobile (cell) phone to Jamaica, which resulted in a payment of over $6,000 (JMD) to clear it. It probably would of been cheaper to send money for the receiver to buy a phone in Jamaica, due to the combined cost of clearing it, the postage and the actual cost of the phone. Although, I have been sent a package from a friend which included some UK snacks and a new boxed webcam, which I collected from the Post Office and did not incur any charges to clear it; the package had been opened and checked through.

      The following information has been taken from an article in the Gleaner, which includes an interview with a Customs Officer and explains the tax implications further:

      Persons who allow packages to remain in the sorting office have 14 days in which to pay the charges levied and retrieve them.

      After that the packages are held at the Customs Department’s Queen’s Warehouse and can be disposed of by the authorities after 90 days.

      All imports, Davis noted, are taxable, although the type and number of taxes vary.

      She added that a single tax rate is assigned per class of goods, irrespective of the purpose for which it is intended. For example, articles of clothing attract an import duty of 20 per cent whether they are being imported for resale, personal use, or sent to the recipient as a gift.

      “Whether or not an item or shipment is taxed is determined by the value of the contents, not by the weight or size of the package,” the Customs offcial said.

      This value consists of the purchase price of the shipment, or the assessed value, as well as the cost of freight or postage and insurance. This is known as the cost insurance and freight, or CIF value.

      The full article can be read here: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20110123/business/business1.html

    2. RENEE gREEN

      wow I have learned something today, I sent a package to kingston , and it arrived and I was told that she didn’t get it because she have to pay , I was blown away , so I had to send money in order for her to collect the BOX , because that’s what it was a 12 lb package that i sent to her ,,,, all I can say you learn something new all the time ,

    3. Post author

      Hi Renee

      Thanks for taking the time to comment. I know first hand how frustrating it can be to buy a gift, then pay for shipping, only to find out the receiver has to pay again to collect the item. Unfortunately, most items attract some import duties, taxes or customs fees unless they are very low value.

      If you do decide to ship again you can check out this website that has a handy customs calculator to approximate the cost of clearing the items in Jamaica. http://www.clearingcustomsja.com

      Hope this helps

      Bless up Jules

  4. Toya

    hi and thanks for the information, can I send parcel from the UK to be collected from a Mandeville post office, will there be a charge the other end ? and is there a weight limit would it be better to set up po box in Jamaican for packages, letters to be received ?

    1. Post author

      Hi Toya
      Welcome to the Sweet Jamaica site and thanks for getting in touch.

      To answer your questions… Yes, you can send a parcel to the Mandeville Post Office from the UK. Just make sure you write the full name and address of the person who is collecting it and write the name of the nearest local Post Office before the rest of the address. As many people in Jamaica, especially in the countryside, do not have a door number or road name the address may end up simply being something like this (FOR EXAMPLE ONLY!):

      Mrs Shirley Barrington
      Calderwood Post Office
      Grants Mountain
      St Ann
      West Indies

      Please be sure to write ‘West Indies’ or at the very least ‘W.I.’ as there are in fact other places in the world called Jamaica and you wouldn’t want it going astray! Also write the address of the sender, i.e. write ‘If undelivered please return to: (put YOUR address here – EXAMPLE ADDRESS ONLY!) Mrs Terry, 89 Busy Road, Busy Town, London, SE67 8HQ, UK’ so that if anything goes wrong at least you get it back.

      There may be a charge the other end dependent on the contents of the parcel, as the sender only pays for postage to the Post Office and the receiver has to pay any duties, taxes and customs fees. For example, clothes are taxed at 20%, but some foodstuffs or inexpensive items will not attract a fee. If you can give me more details about what you intend to send, I will try and assist you further with this point. You can use the contact form if you wish to make this private.

      You would need to check the maximum weight allowed with the courier / post service you decide to send it with, as they differ between suppliers. However, I can tell you that the maximum weight for airmail parcels is generally around the 2 to 2.5kg mark. Anything bigger may need to be collected from the wharf instead.

      Most Post Offices do offer P.O. Boxes and they only charge a minimal fee for the service which is less than £20.00 per annum, which is incredibly cheap. However, as the amount of P.O. Boxes available at the Post Office is limited, they are often over subscribed with a long waiting list for one to become free. They are also quite small and it is unlikely that a parcel would be left in the P.O. Box anyway as it has to be signed for and any fees paid before they release it to the addressee.

      Hope this helps.

      Good luck Jules

    1. Post author

      Hey Hameed

      Welcome to the site and thanks for taking the time to comment.

      As far as I aware there are no restrictions on sending liquids, or lotions as long as they are not flammable. The weight would need to be considered though as this may affect the cost of sending.

      Best wishes Jules

  5. dawn pike

    I need to know where from trewlawny worsop valley can I send mail to canada. It is a letter that needs to reach within two days. How much n where do I go nearest to trelawny to send it to canada?

    1. Post author

      Hey Dawn

      Thanks for taking the time to comment Dawn.

      If you want to send a letter to Canada you can go to the nearest Post Office in Trelawny and send it from there, the fees are all listed on this post for the different services they provide. Alternatively, you can check out one of the courier services that are offered on the island from, DHL, UPS, Tara and so on, which will give you guaranteed delivery dates. Falmouth is the biggest town in the parish of Trelawny, but if you are struggling to find a suitable service, then try Montego Bay (St. James) which is not too far away, as there are offices for a lot of the bigger couriers there.

      Hope it helps! Good Luck Jules

  6. Michelle Williams

    I have sent a used phone has a gift to my husband I was wondering how much tax he will have to pay on it and also scared in case it goes missing

    1. Post author

      Hi Michelle

      Thanks for taking the time to comment.

      It is hard to say how much the tax will be as it differs and depends on the value of the phone and used phones still attract tax in Jamaica. To get a guide to the cost, based on value you can check out this website that calculates the cost of clearing customs: http://www.clearingcustomsja.com/index.php

      To give you an idea: If you have a phone valued at US$100.00 and the freight cost is US$40.00, the import duties and tax will be roughly US$76.00

      Hope this helps.

      Bless up Jules

  7. Dion

    Hi ,I wanted to find out whats the difference between the registered mail and the express mail.Reason being I got an express mail from an online store in the us at the post office and I had to pay 15,000 dollars not exact almost 16,000 to collect a package.On the other hand I ordered something on eBay the other day from Hong Kong and I collect it without paying any fee at all .When I called the post office they told me that this mail was a registered mail .So my question is if I am to get an item from the us again and the individual send it has registered mail will I have to pay to collect? I think I need some explanation on these things cause am a bit confuse .Thanks in advance.

    1. Post author

      Hi Dion

      Thanks for taking the time to comment.

      Registered Mail is usually used when an important document or parcel is sent. Whereby the sender pays an additional fee, for the mail delivery service to obtain a signature from the receiver before the mail delivery service hands the item over. It covers the sender in case that the item is lost in the post, and it also gives proof that the receiver physically has the item in their custody. This is not usually classed as an express method of posting.

      Express Mail is an expedited (fast) service whereby the mail delivery service guarantees to get the item to the receiver across the world in the shortest timeframe possible. This usually incurs higher delivery costs as it benefits from the best and fastest delivery service.

      Every online store has the choice of which delivery method and delivery company to use to deliver their goods. I would highly recommend that you check the delivery details prior to making any future purchases, as costs can wildly differ. Additionally, check if the online store offers more than one delivery method, as this often a way to save on delivery costs if you choose the normal mail delivery service; rather than the express delivery services.

      The costs to ‘clear’ the item at the post office / wharf / or with the courier company depend on the value and type of item that you are buying. Some items do not attract any taxes, whilst others do. You can check the tax that you will pay by using this online calculator http://www.clearingcustomsja.com/

      I hope this helps!

      Bless up Jules

  8. Anonymous

    What is missing from the above article is the standard delivery time for the local mail services. I was hoping to find the time it takes for registered mail to be delivered.

    1. Post author

      Thanks for taking the time to comment. I have added the information to the post regarding delivery times for registered mail. Which is given on the Jamaica Post website as 2 – 3 working days. I hope this helps!

      Bless up Jules

  9. Latoy

    Hi Jules
    I had someone send me some documents from st.Elizabeth Jamaica over a month ago and still haven’t gotten it. It wasn’t registered mail and I was just wondering how long does it take for standard fir non-registered mail from Jamaica to Toronto Canada. I’m getting really worried they are important paperwork that was sent. Thanks

    1. Post author

      Hey latoy
      Thank you taking the time to comment.
      Can you tell me what type of service the sender used to get the mail to you? Was it a small envelope or a larger packet, as some items can be tracked. It shouldn’t take more than a couple of weeks for mail to arrive under normal conditions, dependent on whether the Jamaican Post Office was in a rural or urban location. However, some mail gets held up for some reason such as the address being incomplete. Please get back to me and I will try and help further if I can.

      Bless up Jules

    2. Latoy

      Hi Jules, Thanks for replying! It was sent by standard mail service or regular mail.I looked on the Jamaica Post website and I think the correct term is surface air lift although it wasn’t a parcel it was an envelope ( a larger envelope) with a few passport size pictures and about five pages on a document that required a signature. Because it wast registered no tracking number was provided. It was sent from a rural post office in st Elizabeth.I called the post office from which it was sent and they said I should have gotten it by now its been over a month 23 working days!!!I also called the costumer service line and they said without a tracking number I just have to wait!!!! Thanks again for your reply!

    3. Post author

      Hey Latoy

      You are welcome, and thanks for getting back to me too!

      I do know that standard JA Post delivery times can take between 2 – 4 weeks to reach to the U.K. and would assume it is a similar time scale for Canada. However it often takes longer and don’t be surprised if just just as you are about it give up on it, it appears a few days later!

      I have had family and friends send me things from the UK and all still now I haven’t received them….

      Sometimes is just better to pay the extra money and pay for a courier service if you can afford it, which is not only trackable but much faster and more reliable.

      I hope you do get it soon.

      Bless up Jules

      hope you get it soon.

    1. Post author

      Hey Shawn

      Welcome to the site! I am not sure how long it takes for a regular letter takes to arrive in Jamaica from Canada, to be honest as I have never sent one. I would suggest checking out out local post office for advice, or checking out if the postal agent has a website that indicates delivery times. Or, maybe one of my lovely readers will share their advice on this matter?…

      Bless up Jules

  10. Fustrated

    I send a box to Jamaica from Japan. I paid 7100yen to send it. Now I am told by my family that they will have to pay 10,000 Jamaican dollars to collect. I think that is too expensive. Some thing needs to be done !

    1. Post author

      Hi Tasia

      I would recommend checking on the Jamaica Post website for the most up to date information on the specifics of their services. The link is at the bottom of the post.

      Bless up Jules

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  12. Shanghae

    Hi this was very informative ty
    But ill be starting an online accessories business soon , before i used to use a shipping agency cus my items would get here in time but the cost was terrible!!
    So id like to know how if it would be best to ship my store items to the post office .. would i get everything cus ive heard stories about workers stealing items and so on & also is the post office rates cheaper than using a shipping agency? . Ty

    1. Post author

      Hi Shanghae

      Welcome to the site and thanks for taking the time to comment.

      I would recommend Jamaica Post for a small business delivery option and have had success when using it for myself. The price difference between using an international courier service and Jamaica post is ridiculous, in how much cheaper it is. Additionally, in many of their offerings for overseas delivery, Jamaica Post actually use the international couriers services anyhow, but you don’t pay the hefty mark up fee! The local delivery fee is really cheap to and offers much more value for money for locals wanting to buy from you.

      Give it a go! I don’t think you will be disappointed.

      Have a blessed day


    1. Post author

      Hi Carol

      Welcome to the site!

      I don’t see why not, as long as they are classed as ‘dry goods’. Which do not contain meat (such as beef jerky), or dairy (such as cheese sticks) and are not perishable. If in doubt check they are not on the restricted list.

      Hope that helps!

      Have a blessed day


  13. Patsy Hislop

    seems if you don’t track you don’t get , Then what happens to the parcel with you your name and address on it that never arrives , where do they go ? are they never found or is there something more sinister going on with the Jamaican post

    1. Post author

      Hi Patsy

      Thank you for taking the time to comment. To be honest, I have more comments about bad experiences with the Jamaican postal system than good!

      From my own personal experience I have had good experiences when I have sent items from Jamaica to the UK and the States, using the Jamaica Post services. The price of sending was ridiculously less than well known courier services, and all the items which were fragile arrived intact and in good time.

      But when things have been sent to me from the UK, it’s been a bit of a mixed bag. I have collected packages from the post office with no problem and also loads of letters, cards and postcards. But on two occasions a letter / card, has gone astray, never to be seen again!

      In terms of giving advice to others. I would say that I think a lot of the problems stem from the way items have been labelled and the way the postal system works in Jamaica. Not everyone from overseas is aware that there is not a formal ‘postal delivery service’ in Jamaica where postmen/women deliver letters and packages to every home or mailbox on a daily / regular basis. Instead all letters and packages (unless sent by courier) are delivered to the local post office, usually nearest to where the addressee lives and they must go to the post office to collect said items themselves.

      Therefore it is important to make sure the letter / package is labelled with the name of the post office, as well as the address of the person for whom it is intended. And that the person actually goes to the post office to check for the item and collects it! Sometimes an import fee and taxes and customs need to be paid to ‘clear’ the package, if it is deemed to be valuable; so make sure the person collecting the item has the funds to cover this cost!

      Additionally, there is a system of main, local and sub post offices, operating in Jamaica. So that means if the addressee lives in a remote area it is likely that the letter / package will go through the chain of being delivered to a main P.O., then to local P.O., and finally to the sub post office. This can take weeks before it reaches the intended post office and person, as the deliveries to the smaller P.O.’s, may only occur once a week or so. In some instances it is never delivered to the smaller post office and is held at one of the bigger post offices for collection.

      My recommendations would be:
      1. Use a courier service that will deliver the item to the home address of the person; this will often have a tracking service too.
      2. If the courier is too expensive, I would recommend sending the letter / package to a Main Post Office, not a smaller P.O.; ask the addressee where the nearest main post office is to them. This will prevent the package from being directed all over the island.
      3. Write the telephone number of the intended addressee of the letter / package on the item; this way the post office that has the item will be able to telephone the person to tell them where to collect it.

      Hope this helps!

      Have a blessed day


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