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Customs and Brexit: consequences and costs

The UK’s withdrawal from the EU happened at 11 pm on 31 January 2020. The withdrawal agreement provides for a transition period until 31 December 2020, during which the UK remains in the single market, in order to ensure frictionless trade until a long-term relationship is agreed. An orderly withdrawal is the preferred outcome, however, if no such agreement is reached and the transition period is not extended, a no-deal Brexit would remain the default outcome in January 2021. Traders are therefore, strongly advised to consider the impact on their businesses of leaving the EU both in the context of an orderly withdrawal or a no deal.

The following applies to commercial trade to/from all countries other than the UK:

  • traders should apply for Customs Approval if they wish to benefit from fast track clearance and duty deferment
  • a guarantee may be required dependent upon the type of Customs Approval granted   
  • to ensure prompt delivery of goods, approved traders will need to submit pre-arrival declarations on-line
  • there will be a significant increase in the number of declarations required as previously they were not needed for goods originating in the EU
  • it is the responsibility of the approved trader to classify their goods using the UK Trade Tariff and to include the appropriate commodity code on the declaration
  • goods that have previously been free of customs duty may attract a tariff rate (this is in addition to our domestic GST and excise duties)
  • some goods may be subject to more stringent import/export controls requiring additional paperwork
  • goods that are not automatically pre-cleared at the point of entry will be detained until a declaration has been completed and approved
  • traders will need to submit export declarations and provide commodity codes for the goods they are exporting
  • carriers of goods will be required to submit export Safety and Security declarations prior to departure of the goods
  • consideration should be given to employing a customs agent to declare goods on behalf of the importer/exporter

Trader engagement notes

The trader engagement notes identify key customs related activities that may be affected and provides information on how JCIS is preparing to meet those challenges. This is not an exhaustive list and businesses are strongly advised to consider their own unique circumstances. If you have any questions email JCIS.

JCIS trader engagement notes

Further information for businesses

JCIS have been engaging with both Jersey Business and the Jersey Chamber of Commerce.

French customs procedure guidelines

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