Hype Life Magazine – Jamaican News
[tr-shareit title=”Jamaican Government Places Heavy Tax On Weave” media=”https://hypelifemagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Shelly-Ann-Fraser-Weave-Jamaica-Tax-Wig.jpg” text=”Jamaican women (and some men) will now have pay more for weaves and wig.” sites=”twitter,facebook,pinterest,google,tumblr” align=”center”]Jamaican women (and some men) will now have pay more for weaves and wig.[/tr-shareit]
The island officially imported US$7 million ($735) million worth of the product in 2012, up from $3.3 million in 2008, according to trade statistics. While the country imports large quantities of the product, it fails to export any of its own national’s hair to minimise the trade deficit.
Additionally, the imports are up to 14 times that of neigbouring Caribbean islands.
Some 50 per cent of the imports originated from China (wigs and eyelashes) in 2012, representing US$3.5 million. But for some reason, the China data appears to omit human hair which would have grown the figure substantially.
The remainder includes US$3.5 million (human hair, wigs and eyelashes) from the US, South Korea and Dominica Republic, according to the International Trade Centre, an affiliate of the World Trade Organisation and United Nations.
Women and men are increasingly wearing synthetic and ‘recycled’ human hair as necessity rather than luxury.
On Monday, Commissioner of Customs Major Richard Reese announced that the Customs Department will be collecting 5% duty on the import of human hair weaves in Jamaica.
The new tax on weaves (human hair) is part of improvements being implemented by the Customs Department.
Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, among the many celebrity women who wear hair extensions, earlier this year launched her own retail store that sells the product.