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Trading with the EU

Importing and exporting goods

On 1 January 2021 the transition period with the European Union (EU) will end, and Jersey will operate a full, external border as determined by our obligations under the United Kingdom (UK)-Crown Dependencies (CD) Customs Arrangement. This means that controls will be placed on the movement of goods between Jersey and the EU. 

Recognising the impact of coronavirus on businesses’ ability to prepare, and following the announcement in February that the UK Government will implement full border controls on imports coming into the UK-CD customs union from the EU, the Government of Jersey has taken the decision to introduce the new border controls in three stages up until 1 January 2021. This flexible and pragmatic approach gives businesses extra time to make necessary arrangements.

Further detail on Jersey’s Border Operating Model can be found below.

The 3 stages to introduce the new border controls

1. From January 2021

  • Businesses importing standard goods, covering everything from clothes to electronics, will need to prepare for basic customs requirements. Customs Approved Traders will benefit from a deferral period of 30 days at the end of which customs declarations must be submitted. Tariffs may be payable on certain goods
  • Export declarations and exit Safety and Security declarations will be required for all goods
  • Traders importing and exporting goods using the Common Transit Convention (CTC) or Union Transit will need to follow all of the transit procedures - these will not be introduced in stages

2. From 1 October 2021:

  • All products of animal origin (POAO), for example meat, honey, milk or egg products, and all regulated plants and plant products will require pre-notification and the relevant health documentation. Any physical checks will continue to be conducted at the point of destination until July 2021
  • Export health certificates will be required for products of animal origin and certain animal by products
3. From 1 January 2022:
  • Traders moving any goods will have to make full customs declarations at the point of importation and pay relevant tariffs
  • Safety and Security declarations for imported goods will be required from this date

Jersey’s Border Operating Model

The United Kingdom (UK) recently published its Border Operating Model. This outlines how it will introduce phased customs controls over three stages between 1 January 2021 and 1 July 2021, as summarised in the section above, in relation to trade with the EU. The below document seeks to explain how Jersey will simultaneously implement the same controls.

Jersey Border Operating Model

Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI numbers)

An EORI (Economic Operator Registration and Identification) number is currently required by businesses and people undertaking certain customs functions across the EU. An EORI number issued in a member state is currently valid across the entire EU. After the transition period the UK will operate a UK EORI scheme separate to the EU’s. A UK EORI will have 12 digits prefaced with the letters “GB” and will only be valid for declarations made in the UK. The document below provides general guidance in relation to EORI numbers while stressing that if in doubt the best option is to apply for one.

The GOV.UK EORI page includes Channel Island specific guidance. If you’re based in Jersey, you only need an EORI number if:

  • you’re giving information directly to HM Revenue & Customs via one of its digital systems 
  • UK suppliers insist that local traders require an EORI

Economic Operator Registration and Identification

Customs traders and agents

On 1 January 2021, all imported and exported goods will require a customs declaration before being cleared for free circulation into the UK-CD’s Customs Union or exported to the EU. A range of customs procedures are available that enable goods to move freely where possible including simplified procedures that reduce administrative overheads. The objective of these facilitations is to reduce friction at the border and to minimise the cost burden on traders while ensuring effective customs controls. 

Traders are encouraged to review the procedures available in the context of their unique circumstances. Find more information on customs traders and agents.

For more information email Goods Control.

Customs 'Safety and Security'

On 1 January 2021 the transition period with the European Union (EU) will end and Jersey will operate a full, external border as determined by our obligations under the United Kingdom (UK)-Crown Dependencies (CD) Customs Arrangement. This means that controls will be placed on the movement of goods between Jersey and the EU.

From January 2021 Export declarations will need to be submitted on CAESAR for all goods exported directly to the EU, these declarations will be used for Safety and Security risk screening. For the purposes of Safety and Security in the EU, an ‘Entry Summary Declaration’ (ENS) will also need to be submitted on the EU Import Control System (ICS).

From January 2021 an ‘Exit Summary declaration’ (EXS) will need to be submitted on the EU Export Control System (ECS) for all goods exported from the EU to Jersey. From 1 January 2022 an ENS will need to be submitted on the UK ICS for all goods imported from the EU to Jersey.

Export declarations on CAESAR will change the way in which shippers submit export manifests and may require software changes to their systems. To submit ENS and EXS declarations on the EU ICS and ECS, shippers will need to get an ‘Economic Operators Registration and Identification number’ (EORI) from the customs authorities of the EU country responsible for the place where they first lodge a declaration or apply for a decision. To submit an ENS on the UK ICS shippers will need to obtain an EORI from HMRC.

Business Safety and Security guide

Trader guidance - imports

Where goods are imported from a place outside the Customs Union by a GST registered trader or Approved General Importer, a declaration will need to be submitted by the trader by logging into their account on the Customs declaration and payment website.

Guide for businesses - Third Country imports

Where goods are imported from within the Customs Union, the below guidance notes will assist with the declaration process. 

Guide for businesses - UK imports


Trader guidance for exports

Where goods are exported directly from Jersey to a place outside the Customs Union, an export declaration will need to be submitted by the exporter or a clearance agent on the Customs declaration and payment website.

Trader Export Declaration guide to Third Country

Where goods are exported directly from Jersey to a place outside the Customs Union, an export declaration will need to be submitted by the exporter or a clearance agent on the Customs declaration and payment website ahead of the corresponding export manifest. It will be necessary for the shipper or haulier to create an export manifest to attach the export declarations.

Shipper or Handling Agent Export Manifest guide to Third Country 

Personal imports

Declarations can be made in advance of the arrival of goods to speed up the customs clearance process.

Third Country Pre-arrival Declaration Guide

UK Pre-arrival Declaration Guide

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