Cars and household goods
Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) gives full information on exporting or shipping cars and household goods to the UK.
Relevant information from HMRC Notice 3 can be found in:
- section 3: how to go through Customs
- section 4.1: personal effects imported into the UK (form C3)
- section 4.1: temporary import relief of VAT for personal effects
- section 4.3: temporary importation of vehicles into the UK
Notice 3: bringing your belongings, pets and private motor vehicles to UK from outside the EU on GOV.UK website
Exporting personal items from Jersey
We need a written inventory for any personal household items that you're exporting. Certain items are prohibited, restricted or subject to licensing restrictions.
Customs guidance on the exportation of household effects
Exporting endangered animals and animal products
You must have a valid Convention of International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) licence to import:
- live animals, birds and plants
- goods made from them, eg jewellery, shoes, bags and belts (even if they were openly on sale in the countries where you bought them)
- ivory and coral
- shells taken from endangered animals
- crocodile, alligator and snake skin taken from endangered animals
You can get advice from the States Veterinary Officer at the Department of the Environment.
Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES)
Exporting freight from Jersey to and across Europe
We adhere to Community / Common Transit procedures to supervise the movement of goods between the EU and EFTA countries.
If you are exporting freight from Jersey to or across Europe, a transit document may be required.
If goods change transportation, then you might also need a multiple transit document. We issue transit documents and these should accompany the goods for the duration of transit. A 25% security bond
may also be required.
If you need a transit document, you should contact Jersey Customs and Immigration on
+44 (0) 1534 448088 to receive an application form.
You need to give at least 24 hours' notice before you leave so we can create your document for you.
Jersey businesses shipping goods through the EU
There are special allowances for Jersey businesses shipping goods through the EU.
Jersey businesses can apply to the Jersey Customs and Immigration Service for ‘Approved Economic Operator’ (AEO) status.
Full details of Authorised Economic Operator status on HM Revenue and Customs website
Restricted items which can't be exported from Jersey
A valid licence is required for the following:
- cultural goods relevant to the Channel Islands, the UK or EU, like paintings, furniture or silverware
- military goods
- explosives and fireworks
- indecent and obscene material
The document below forms the legal basis of most, but not all, restrictions on exported goods. Contact us for more information.
Customs and Excise (Import and Export Control) (Jersey) Order 2006 on Jersey Law website
Open General Export Licence
VAT advice on moving personal belongings from Jersey to the UK
For VAT advice on moving personal belongings from Jersey to the UK, use the link below.
Moving goods to the UK on GOV.UK website
Declaring third country exports
If you are shipping goods directly to a Third Country, which will include the EU member states once the Brexit transition period has ended, an Export Declaration will be required.
Indirect exports going through the UK will require a Tariff Code to be presented to the Carrier / Shipping Agent before the goods are shipped.
Step-by-step guide to third country exports