All Free Zones operated by the Port Authority of Jamaica offer a range of services to the clients utilizing its facilities.
The management company for each Free Zone is responsible for the construction of buildings and overall maintenance of the estate and park, including roads, pavements, external lighting and landscaped areas. On request, its engineers can assist clients in designing internal modifications to their factory or office units. Optionally, management can also carry out internal modifications, but at a recoverable cost to the client. The Free Zone provides 24 hour perimeter security and garbage collection at no additional cost to its clients.
The allocation of factory units is coordinated by the Zone's administration. Before units are allocated, clients are required to submit an application for the reservation of unit(s) and to make a deposit of four months rental in advance. This deposit represents three months of security which is held in escrow during the tenure of the unit's occupancy and one month as the first month of rental payment. On approval of the project, the client is required to enter into a lease agreement with the Free Zone.
Recruitment & Training
The Zones' Client Services Division will assist investors to establish contact with recruitment agencies and training institutions, where specific skills are required. For example, it works closely with the H.E.A.R.T Trust / National Training Agency in recruiting and providing basic training for workers entering industries on the Zones.
The administration, in order to assist in simplifying startup operations and facilitate the long term profitability of its clients, contacts local professionals to facilitate the following:
Legal, financial and other professional services;
Work permit applications for non-nationals;
Customs Posts are situated on the Zones to facilitate the speedy movement of raw material, capital goods and finished products between the Zones and the transshipment port or air port. They also facilitate the movement of products through the Zones outside of the normal working hours.
The Zones' security corps provide 24 hours perimeter security which is enhanced by the provision of closed circuit television network, with cameras located at strategic points on the Zones to monitor activities. Security is also supported by representative of the country's constabulary Force, which is responsible for enforcement of the laws of Jamaica. The security officers and the Police operate round the clock in the Zones.
The Zones' Administration oversees the operation of canteens and food outlets on the estates to provide adequate meals for the Zones' workforce.
The facilities are managed by private concessionaires.
Private Access Gate
The Kingston Free Zone lies adjacent to the Kingston Transshipment Port. A connecting gate between both location allows easy access of sea bound cargo to and from this estate, thereby minimizing transportation cost at this location.