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Sanctions and Asset-Freezing (Jersey) Law 2019

The Sanctions and Asset-Freezing (Jersey) Law 2019 (SAFL) came into force on 19 July 2019.

Guidance note for the new Law

About international sanctions

A sanction is a measure adopted​ usually by several nations acting together against a regime or organisation believed to be violating international law. Measures may be economic, diplomatic, cultural or of some other type. They may include the freezing of financial assets, a ban on the trade of goods or weapons, and travel restrictions on individuals.

Some sanction orders will give a specific period of duration (in which case they will need to be extended or renewed if they are to continue). Others will not have a time limit and will need to be revoked if they are no longer to apply.

Responsibility for sanctions orders in Jersey

The Ministry for External Relations co-ordinates the introduction of sanctions measures and assists the Minister for External Relations in the carrying out of his duties in connection with sanctions legislation. 

Responsibility for monitoring and ensuring compliance with sanctions orders rests with individual businesses, for example banks, through their compliance officers.

The​​ role of the Jersey Financial Services Commission (JFSC)

The JFSC has an overall regulatory role with regard to the finance industry generally, which includes checking that institutions have effective systems and procedures to implement compliance with sanctions orders. 

The commission will typically update local institutions in respect of actions taken under the freezing mechanisms on its website.

The role of the Customs and Immigration Service​​​

The States of Jersey Customs and Immigration Service is responsible for the enforcement of any sanctions order that refers to the movement of goods or persons.

How sanctions orders are created

EU sanctions

The provisions of Sanctions and Asset-Freezing (Jersey) Law 2019 empowers the Minister for External Relations to make an order regarding the implementation of a sanctions measure. This legislation may be used to give effect in Jersey to EU sanctions measures arising from United Nations Security Council Resolutions or autonomous European Council Decisions. Orders made in this way, normally come into effect the day after the ministerial decision has been made.

United Nations sanctions

In the past, United Nations sanctions orders were prepared in line with section one of the United Nations Act 1946, forwarded to the Privy Council for Royal Assent and registered in the Royal Court. This process was slow and has now been replaced by the EU sanctions process described above. However, until all the UN sanctions orders have been replaced by equivalent EU measures, some of the older UN orders will still remain in force.  

The orders that remain in force are listed on the Jersey Legal Information Board website. Changes made by the UN Sanctions Committee may effect various changes without the need for a fresh order; for example, amendments made to a list of ‘designated persons’.​

Current financial sanctions regimes​​

​Details of information on current financial sanctions regimes can be found on the Jersey Financial Services Commission website.

Current financial sanctions regimes on the Jersey Financial Se​rvices Commission website

A regularly updated consolidated list of financial sanctions targets can be found on GOV.UK.

Financial sanc​tions: consolidated list of targets on GOV.UK

Financial Sanctions Notices

When there has been a change to asset-freeze designations in force in Jersey, a Financial Sanctions Notices ("Notices") is issued by External Relations and published on the Jersey Gazette. You can register to receive email alerts when a new Notice is published.

Notices are published when:

  • individuals or entities have been designated for the purpose of an asset-freeze
  • the details of existing asset-freeze designations (e.g. identifying information) have been changed
  • individuals or entities are no longer subject to an asset-freeze

The Notices include identifying information on the asset-freeze designations and what you must do, as well as legislative details and other relevant information.

Sanctions notices in the Jersey Gazette

Subscribe to Sanctions email notifications from the Jersey Gazette

Measures against terrorism​​​

​You can find out more about​​ the measures against terrorism and the latest United Nations Security Council sanctions​​ notices​​ b​elow.

​​​​​​​Measures against terrorism​

​Additional information about current sanctions and embargoes

Customs and Immigration: details of trade restrictions in Jersey

Travel restrictions imposed on specified individuals or nationals of a particular country are applied locally in accordance with the relevant sanctions order in the same way as they are in the United Kingdom. For further advice contact the Jersey Customs and Immigration Service. 

Duties and taxes on imported goods (travel and transport section)
Moving or shipping goods to Jersey (travel and transport section)

Export controls and sanctions

The Export Controls and Sanctions section of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website contains information on all current UK trade sanctions in force, and also any changes made to existing orders.

Sanctions, embargoes and restrictions on GOV.UK​

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