What is Brexit?
Brexit is the term used as shorthand for the situation of the UK leaving the European Union. On Thursday 23rd June 2016 a referendum was held in the UK to decide if the country should leave or remain in the European Union. More than 30 million people voted and the leave vote won by 51.9% against 48.1% who voted to remain.
What does this mean for businesses in Jersey?
Because Jersey’s relationship with the EU is governed by Protocol 3 Jersey’s constitutional relationship with it will also change. Government of Jersey ensured that the Island’s interests were taken into account during the UK’s negotiations with the EU.
Jersey’s position is explained in the Brexit Information report.
What’s happening now?
Recognising the impact of coronavirus on businesses’ ability to prepare the Government of Jersey has taken the decision to introduce the new border controls in 3 stages from 1 January 2021 up until 1 July 2021. This flexible and pragmatic approach gives extra time to make necessary arrangements.
Further detail on Jersey’s Border Operating Model can be found here.
Goods will continue to move between Jersey and the UK but customs declarations will still be required as the GST/VAT arrangements will stay in place.
Government of Jersey guidance for the declaration process on imports from UK, Guernsey & Isle of Mann can be found here.
It is essential that businesses trading with EU partners, customers or suppliers, have made the necessary preparation for the impact of Brexit on their organisations. For businesses with an aspiration to grow internationally, this is also an opportunity to consider the opportunities that might open up as a result of Brexit.
Government of Jersey information on Trading with the EU
If your business is registered as a GST trader or is an Approved General Importer importing goods from a third country, there is guidance here on the Customs declaration and payment platform. There is also guidance on the declaration process.
Government of Jersey Guide for businesses on – Third Country Imports
Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI numbers)
An EORI number is currently required by businesses and people undertaking certain customs functions across the EU. An EORI number issued in a member state is currently valid across the entire EU. The UK now operate a UK EORI scheme separate to the EU’s. A UK EORI will have 12 digits prefaced with the letters “GB” and will only be valid for declarations made in the UK.
A Jersey based company will need an EORI number if:
- You are giving information directly to HM Revenue & Customs via one of its digital systems.
- UK suppliers insist that local traders require an EORI.
Government of Jersey full guidance on Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI)
For British nationals, which includes those holding Jersey variant British passports wishing to travel to the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein (the Schengen Area), their passports must:
- have been issued within the last 10 years on the date of arrival in a Schengen country
- have at least three months validity remaining on the date of intended departure from the last country visited in the Schengen Area.
If you live in Jersey and you hold an EU national identity card or passport nothing has changed in relation to travelling, working or living in the EU.
Government of Jersey information on Visiting the EU after 31st Dec 2020
If you are an employer in Jersey and have employees who are from the EU they will be eligible to apply for the Jersey EU Settlement Scheme if they arrived in the island by 31 December 2020 and have up until 30 June 2021 to apply to the scheme. Irish and UK citizens are exempt from the scheme.
Government of Jersey information on The Jersey EU Settlement Scheme
If you plan to employ EU nationals after 31st December 2020 please follow the guidance on
Government of Jersey information on Employing European Union (EU) nationals from January 2021
In October 2020 we hosted two webinars as part of the Government of Jersey’s Beyond Brexit series of events to advise businesses how to prepare for the end of the Brexit Transition Period.
This webinar ‘Future border & immigration system’ talks about Brexit and the impact it will have on your business if you currently employ EU citizens or plan to recruit them after 31st December 2020.
Moderated by Lorie Rault, Head of Reatail at Jersey Business with expert input from Luke Goddard Acting Director, Immigration & Nationality at Customs & Immigration Service, Lee Madden of GR8 Recruitment and Graeme Stokes of Jersey Royal.
This webinar ‘Beyond Brexit – Brexit checklist for importers’ talks about Brexit and the impact for businesses importing products from the EU. Moderated by Graeme Smith, CEO of Jersey Business with Paul Ecobichan and Simon Blackmore of Jersey Customs and Immigration giving their expert and practical input to the session.
What do I need to do now?
If you have specific questions relating to your imports/exports contact Jersey Customs and Immigration on:
Email [email protected]