Weights and Measures

Weights and Measures

Although there has been effort in past years to go completely metric across Jamaica, challenges in standardizing the process across the island means that both metric and imperial weights and measurements are still used and interchanged from one place to another. Distances are measured in meters and kilometers, although mileposts still exist and locals will give distances in terms of miles and occasionally “chains” (approximately 20 meters). Gas is sold in liters, but coffee, fruit, vegetables, flour and rice are most often sold by the ounce and pound.

Of course there is the standard suggestion from a local that something is ‘jus’ around di corna” or you are told “jus’ a tups more” as suggested ways of measuring!