SMA (Spectrum Management Authority) is the telecommunications regulating agency in Jamaica. Products that emit radio frequencies and/or connect to the telephone network require type approval and certification to commercialize in Jamaica.
Typically, one sample of the product is required for approval requests in Jamaica. LARCG will assist with the importation of the sample to Jamaica. Technical documents will be reviewed and validated in the approval process as well.
Local representation is not required in Jamaica, and there are no labeling requirements that apply.
Products Requiring SMA Approval
The Telecommunications Act (2000): Allocates spectrum for various services, defines licensing and compliance procedures for use of the spectrum in Jamaica.
Current lead time for SMA approval and certification is 5 weeks.
For products that do not require SMA approval, the regulatory agency will provide a No Homologation letter to have for your records and to avoid any issues with customs.
Type A plugs, rated at 15 Amps, are used mainly in the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America and Central America. This Class I, non-grounded, non-insulated plug operates on AC current and is known as NEMA 1-15. The plug has two 1.5 mm thick blades which measure 15.9 – 18.3 mm in length and are spaced 12.7 mm apart. The neutral blade is 7.9 mm wide, while the hot blade is 6.3 mm wide.
This plug almost always operates between 100 – 127 volts and is only compatible with socket type A.
Type B plugs, rated at 15 amps, are used mainly in the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America and Central America. This class I grounded, non-insulated plug operates on AC current and is known as NEMA 5-15. The plug has two 1.5 mm thick blades which measure 15.9 – 18.3 mm in length, and are spaced 12.7 mm apart. It also features a 4.8 diameter round, or u-shaped earth pin measuring 3.2 mm which acts as a ground. This plug almost always operates between 100 – 127 volts and is compatible with type A and B sockets. Grounded type B outlets are still rather uncommon in some parts of Central and South America. However, it is not uncommon for people to cut off the earth pin to achieve compatibility with two-pole non-grounded sockets.