Moving to Jamaica

Considering a Move to Jamaica?

With such a beautiful island its no wonder that many consider moving to Jamaica. Such a great location to move to and relax, a country with its own style of music made famous around the world, by well known musicians such as Bob Marley. The country has a number of new property developments, making the country a magnet for returning Jamaicans and for other nationals as well.

Jamaica is located in the Caribbean about six hundred miles south of Miami, USA and around ninety miles south of the island of Cuba. The island of Jamaica is 146 miles long and between 35 and 51 miles wide. This gives the island a total area of 4,442 square miles. Jamaica is split into three counties which have familiar county names of Cornwall, Middlesex and Surrey. The population of Jamaica is around 2.7 million people. Making a comparison with the size and population of the UK you will find the two locations of Jamaica and the UK very similar in population density.

The two most important economic sectors within Jamaica are its tourist industry along with its mining industry. Both these generate considerable income for Jamaica. Tourism now attracts over one million visitors per year, and which helps to provide a range of jobs in other sectors. The mining industry in Jamaica is well known for producing one of the worlds main supplies of bauxite, which is used in the manufacture of aluminium. The bauxite is shipped to locations in the USA, Canada, Norway and other countries. This income from mining generates good income for the Jamaican economy.

The agricultural exports from Jamaica include crops such as sugar, banana, coffee, citrus, cocoa, and coconut. One of the most well known brands of coffee exported from Jamaica is Blue Mountain coffee. Most of the coffee makes it way to Japan. The coffee industry provides a large employment source for Jamaicans.

Temperatures are around 27 degrees Celsius on average though the year, with tropical weather which makes it a perfect reason to consider moving to Jamaica. The Blue Mountain Peak has slightly lower average temperature of around 13 degrees Celsius.

Jamaica has very fertile soils which provide the perfect environment for many interesting plants and trees. Some of the famous woods that can be found in Jamaica include Mahogany, Blue Mahoe, Satinwood, Cottonwood, Cedar and Spanish Elm, and are used in the production of many ranges of furniture. Additionally the island has over 200 natural species of wild orchids. For those interested in the natural world, moving to Jamaica is a wonderful experience to consider with so many species to see such as the Giant Swallowtail butterfly which can have wingspans of up to six inches.

Abels Moving Services have been providing discrete export packing and shipping services for discerning families and professionals relocating to Jamaica for over 50 years.

Planning Your Move

When considering moving to Jamaica it is important to speak with a specialist international removal company (not your local domestic mover!) as there are pitfalls throughout the process that you will be glad of their assistance.

Before calling, consider whether you want to send all your possessions or just a select few personal effects. To speak to an advisor call our head office on +44 1842 816600 or email and you will be contacted shortly to discuss your move.

For full house moves / large volumes it is recommended that a home survey appointment is made so that an International Customer Service Manager can personally visit your home and discuss your moving requirements, allay any concerns you may have and advise upon the process, assess the items to be packed and how best to be protected these during there transit and make judgement on the access to your property to ensure that positioning a larger removal vehicle or shipping container is possible. A full list of all items to be taken will be made by our colleague at this time. A detailed door to door removal proposal will be sent to you shortly following the visit after all costs are collated (including origin, freight, destination services)

Smaller volumes can be discussed over the telephone, email or provided via our online service . Your volume, access, packing requirements and shipping method, will be assessed from the information you provide. A detailed door to door removal proposal will then be produced and either posted or emailed to you for consideration.

After you book with Abels you will be introduced to a Customer Liaison Move Coordinator (who will work on behalf of your Customer Service Manager) booking, organising and managing your move to the Jamaica.

Export Packing

Abels Moving Services advises that Export Packing is a fundamental requirement for all your items and possessions when you move to the Jamaica. So what actually is Export Packing, and how do I get advice on what will be required?

Export Packing is a way of protecting items when in transit. It utilises either a 6 ply paper blanket that has a wax inner and a water resistant outer or tough bubble blanket that has a soft cloth inner and robust outer to ensure corners are not exposed. Certain items will need to be card covered, put into a carton or an additional layer of the above wrap to add extra protection – items such as polished furniture, antiques, delicate legs, mirror and glass fronted units.

The level of protection that is needed when moving items for example by road is less stringent but for moving your items travelling thousands of miles in either 20ft Containers or 40ft Containers on their sea journey to Jamaica then they will need additional Export Packing protection. Please remember that the goods will be “handled” many times including wrapping, loading the container, road journey to the port, container hoist removes and stacks, container hoist moves from the stack to the loading area near the vessel, loading the vessel crane gantry, sea journey and then the same in reverse. So the protection is paramount in ensuring the contents longevity.

With Abels Moving Services the highest quality export materials are utilised. (ensure you do not use materials that are designed to stay within the UK, the contents of the container will be stacked up to 2 metres and you want the carton at the bottom to stay in shape throughout its journey and protect its contents.

Fine Art & Specialist Packing Services

Moving Fine Art needs great care and will involve Enhanced Export Packing when shipping to Jamaica. Items such as Fine Art Paintings and valuable pieces of furniture along with delicate items such as moving a Grand Father Clock, packing and shipping Barometers, transporting chandeliers all need careful handling while being packed in a specific way. The use of special cases built especially for these items needs to be utilised to give the highest level of protection.

Not only is the Export Packing of these items important, but also how they are dismantled prior to shipping to Jamaica. Grand Father Clocks will need their main components taken apart ensuring clearly the weights have been removed prior to casing the clock. Moving a barometer also need specialist packing services and careful handling to avoid any problem with the filled mercury, ensuring the tube is bunged to avoid spillage.

Training, training, training is the key to ensure all packing teams are fully versed in the correct handling and packing techniques. Find more information about how to move.


On the island of Jamaica there are three international airports. There is the Norman Manley International Airport (KIN) in Kingston, the Sangster International Airport (MBJ) at Montego Bay and the Ian Fleming International Airport (OCJ) located at Boscobel.

There are a number of other airports on the island of Jamaica which include 5 additional domestic airports, a further 10 private airports.

With sea transit times for shipping your possessions from the UK to Jamaica taking in the order of 7 to 8 weeks, you may consider to send some of your consignment by Airfreight. Items for Airfreight will need to be Professionally Packed (due to security restrictions not permitting owner packed cartons) and are then loaded into heat treated modules of various sizes and then waterproof covered for added protection against the elements.

Please allow 2 weeks transit door to door for airfreight to allow for UK and Jamaica Security and Customs assessments before delivery is permitted to your new home.

See More information about airfreight shipments.

Shipping Services

Larger volumes and full house moves will be shipped within a 20ft or 40ft shipping container. If access permits we always try and load the container outside your residence. This allows you to see our removal team’s skill and care of loading and stowing safely and the sealing of the container with our uniquely numbered container bolt seals. Where access is not suitable for this size of vehicle, goods may be loaded via Abels warehouse ( you are of course welcome to come and witness the loading ) or in a location close to your property utilising a small shuttle truck to ferry between your home and the container.

Jamaica Negril Beach

Jamaica – Negril Beach

Shipping lines will offer some companies low cost freight yet there is a big risk to the quality of container that arrives and the transit time it then takes. Abels buy our containers through an organisation that negotiates for a supply of A1 class containers that are without fractures to the outer case, dry, clean, odour free containers on our behalf that have an almost guaranteed transit time. If goods stay within a container that has an odour this will remain on the goods when delivered, fractures in the outer will gain water ingress.

Smaller volumes can be shipped as LCL (less than container load). Your possessions will be taken to Abels warehouse for loading into heat treated wooden crates ready for shipping.

Transit times to Jamaica port to port are approximately 22 to 28 days on the water. Vessels depart the UK weekly to Kingston in Jamaica. You should allow approximately 7 to 8 weeks door to door (times depend on delays due to weather, strikes, re-routing containers, vessel malfunction, customs inspections – however this guide is normally reasonably accurate)

Read more on these methods about shipping options when moving abroad.

Destination Services

Abels select our partners from those with the highest quality accreditations. These will normally hold the FIDI-faim quality award to ensure that the standards enjoyed with Abels Moving Services is continued to perform the Customs Clearance and Delivery Service. It’s too late to find that the agents selected are not of the highest standard, so we ensure we use the best on your behalf.

Our destination partners will be advised of your shipment shortly following the departure of the container from the UK. They will make contact with you near to when the container is due to arrive in Jamaica so that they can perform the Customs clearance process on your behalf.

Following Customs clearance our partners will contact you to arrange the delivery date of your possessions. Normal service includes delivery, unpacking, set up of normal furniture (not Ikea kit furniture unless agreed) removal and disposal of waste packaging materials and return of the shipping container to wharf. Should you prefer, arrangements can be made for a put away service / maid cleaning / relocation or settling in services – should you have specific requirements, please discuss with your Abels Customs Service Manager or Customs Liaison.

Our destination agent will have the professional experience and local knowledge to handle all the details of import documents, customs clearance and delivery of your possessions for you in Jamaica. Abels Moving Services endeavours to ensure your arrival at your new home overseas is smooth and trouble-free, to allow you to settle in as swiftly as possible.

Above all, we want you to think of Abels for your next move and the one after that, we don’t simply wish to buy your current move at the risk of losing your future business, goodwill and recommendations!

Abels Moving Services:
Telephone:  01842 816600