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Customs and Brexit: consequences and costs

Traders are strongly advised to consider the impact of a 'no-deal' scenario in relation to their current business model and to identify what preparations are needed to mitigate the consequences.

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

  • importers should apply for customs Approved General Importer status if they wish to take advantage of the Duty Deferment Facility
  • to ensure prompt delivery of goods, importers 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 good originating in the EU
  • it is the responsibility of the importer 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 in future (this is in addition to any local duty and taxes)
  • 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
  • exporters will need to provide commodity codes for the goods they are exporting
  • carriers of goods will be required to submit Safety and Security declaration prior to departure from the port or airport of export
  • consideration should be given to using a customs agent to declare goods on behalf of the importer

Brexit 'no deal' preparation: UK guidance on Tariffs

The UK Government is publishing information on essential policies which would need to be in place if the UK were to leave without a deal.

This information includes the government’s approach to customs duty, which is a tax you pay when importing goods. The rate of customs duty you pay is known as the ‘tariff’.

If the UK leaves the EU with no deal, you may need to pay different rates of customs duty on imports. These rates would only be applied if the UK were to leave the UK with no deal.

The UK government would set temporary rates which would:

  • apply from the day the UK leaves the EU
  • be in place for up to 12 months from the day the UK leaves the EU

If your goods aren’t listed, they will have a zero duty rate.

If you need to pay customs duty, the rates could vary depending on where you import your goods from.

These rates would be applicable to goods imported into Jersey.

The Jersey Trader document will be updated in due course with further guide notes.

Check temporary rates of customs duty on imports after EU Exit on GOV.UK website

Temporary rates of customs duty on imports after EU Exit on GOV.UK website

Jersey Customs regime and Brexit

Jersey Customs and Immigration Service (JCIS) are preparing to make sure Jersey's Customs regime will be ready for Brexit.

There is currently no Withdrawal Agreement in place for the future relationship between the UK and EU. There is a possibility that the UK may leave the EU without a deal. In the absence of any certainty of a future relationship with the EU, preparations for a ‘no deal’ scenario have been accelerated. This will ensure that plans are in place for whatever outcome is finally achieved.

JCIS having been working closely with colleagues in other Government departments, alongside Customs Officers from Guernsey and regularly meeting with official representatives from HMRC and the Department of International Trade to make sure we will still be able to operate an effective and robust customs control.

Trader engagement notes

The JCIS trader engagement note identifies key areas of Customs related business that may be affected and highlights what a ‘no deal’ scenario might look like. It also provides information on how JCIS are preparing to mitigate those risks. The areas covered in this notice will not be an exhaustive list and businesses and citizens are strongly advised to consider their own business needs to establish what preparations may be impacted in a ‘no deal’ scenario.

JCIS trader engagement notes

If you have any questions email JCIS.

Further information for businesses

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

The latest pack from the UK Government includes new guidance on the steps businesses trading with the EU need to take now to plan for a no deal scenario.

Partnership pack: preparing for changes at the ULK border after a 'no deal' EU exit on

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