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The Border with the European Union – 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 3 stages up until 1 July 2021. This flexible and pragmatic approach gives extra time to make necessary arrangements. 

The 3 stages to introduce the new border controls

1. from January 2021:

  • traders importing standard goods, covering everything from clothes to electronics, will need to prepare for basic customs requirements. Tariffs will be payable where due on relevant goods. Safety and Security declarations will not be required on imports for the first six months. Standard customs declarations will be needed from this date for controlled goods and excise goods like alcohol and tobacco products
  • there will be physical checks at the point of destination or other approved premises on some live animals and plants, and a requirement to pre-notify for all relevant imports, but they will not be required to enter the UK-CD customs union via a Border Control Post (BCP). They will be required to have certification which will be checked before release
  • 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) will need to follow all of the transit procedures - these will not be introduced in stages  
  • 2. from April 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

    3. from July 2021: 

    Traders moving any goods will have to make full customs declarations at the point of importation and pay relevant tariffs. Full Safety and Security declarations will be required, while for commodities subject to sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) controls, these will have to be presented to BCPs and there will be an increase in physical checks and the taking of samples. SPS checks for animals, plants and their products will take place at the Jersey BCP and not at destination

    Further guidance providing practical detail will be published in the coming weeks.

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