We collect three different duties and taxes on imported goods:
- Goods and Services Tax (GST) at 5%
- excise duty on alcohol, tobacco and fuel
- common customs tariff (CCT) on all goods imported from outside the EU
GST threshold on imported goods: £240
If you have personally imported goods which cost no more than £240 (including shipping etc) and there are no other duties or taxes involved you will not normally be charged GST.
GST is charged at 5% on the value of goods. The value includes the cost of the goods, plus shipping and insurance costs and any other duties or taxes. If the amount of GST or other duty is £12 or less, you will not normally be charged it.
This does not apply to approved traders.
Declaring or paying for your goods
If your goods are imported by freight, your shipper will give you a Consignment Line Code (CLC) reference number. You can then declare and / or pay for your goods online or by visiting us at Maritime House.
You can also make a voluntary or pre-declaration of your goods online.
Before you declare or pay for your goods, you should have at hand:
- the value of your goods and the freight cost
- proof of payment to support the declared value (this may speed up the process)
As soon as you have declared and / or paid any duties or GST paid, your shipper will be notified straight away that your goods can be released.
Excise duty on alcohol and tobacco
You are charged excise duty according to the quantity of alcohol or tobacco you import.
Paying duty on goods imported from outside the EU
Customs duty is charged according to what the goods are and where they are imported from. To get an idea of how much you may need to pay, please go to the simplified tariff or contact us.
Goods imported from the USA
There is an extra duty charged on certain items imported from the USA. For further information refer to EU Council Regulation 673/2005 and 632/2006
Approved traders (fast-track clearance)
An approved trader is a regular importer who we have authorised to receive imported goods under fast-track clearance arrangements. You can apply to become an approved trader online.
Importing a car into Jersey
If you import a car from within the EU, you will be charged GST at 5% on its value at import. This value will include all freight charges and insurance costs incurred when shipping the car to Jersey.
If you import the car from outside the EU, customs duty and GST must be paid.
You cannot register your vehicle with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Department until you have paid the relevant duties and been cleared by customs.
Declaring goods when you arrive in Jersey
If you are arriving as a passenger, please go to the ‘red point' and speak to an officer. If no officer is available, please go to our website and make a voluntary declaration, or contact us.