Less than two months after expressing optimism that the Jamaica Single Window for Trade (JSWIFT) would be a game-changer in the vehicle importation industry, dealers are fuming.
Stakeholders’ blunt verdict is that JSWIFT is just too slow, resulting in the accumulation of thousands of dollars in storage fees and empty space on sales lots.
President of the Jamaica Used Car Dealers Association (JUCDA), Lynvalle Hamilton, told The Gleaner that his members are frustrated over a bureaucratic backlog that is bleeding their pockets.
“From ever since the roll-out of JSWIFT, a lot of dealers have applied for licences for over a month now, and they haven’t been approved. Normally, it would take two to three days, and that is the commitment that they have given,” he told The Gleaner on Tuesday.
The processing system, which commenced on Monday, July 20, was pitched as a boon to business and a mechanism to eliminate red tape.