In our podcast series, Renew and Review, we spoke to Senator Ian Gorst and our own Alexia McClure about Brexit. We discussed Jersey’s current position and what Brexit means for local businesses, including what opportunities might be on the horizon. Listen to the conversation here:
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
These are the things to need to consider when importing goods into Jersey.
This is additional guidance which may help you.
This video guide will take you through all the steps to pre-declaring imports from outside the common travel area (CTA) of the UK, Guernsey and the Isle of Man. Pre-declarations of imported goods from outside the CTA will become mandatory, before goods will be released, from January 2022. To help with the transition it is important to be routinely completing declarations before that change in 2022.
Government of Jersey Guide for businesses on – Third Country Imports
Government of Jersey full guidance on Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI)
- We recently held a webinar with Customs & Immigration answering your questions on Importing goods into Jersey. Moderated by Lorie Rault, Head of Retail at Jersey Business with Paul Ecobichan of Jersey Customs and Immigration giving their expert and practical input to the session. You can view it here.
These are the things to need to consider when exporting goods from Jersey.
We recently held a webinar with Customs & Immigration answering your questions on Exporting goods from Jersey.
Moderated by Alexia McClure COO of Jersey Business with Paul Ecobichan of Jersey Customs and Immigration giving their expert and practical input to the session.
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
What do I need to do now?
New Year. New Rules
The Government of Jersey have released additional information on the changes you and your business should consider, if you haven’t already, following Jersey’s decision to participate in the future UK-EU agreement.
Further information can be found at gov.je/beyondbrexit, which will be regularly updated as we move through 2021.
Do you currently employ EU nationals?
If you employ EU nationals, they need to have applied to the Jersey-EU Settlement Scheme (JEUSS) by the 30 June 2021. EU nationals are only eligible to apply if they were in the Island by 31 December 2020.
To apply, visit gov.je/SettlementScheme.
Will you employ EU nationals in the future?
If you have seasonal or temporary EU staff that have worked in the Island before the end of 2020 they may be eligible for the Jersey-EU Settlement Scheme and will be able to continue to return to the Island and work without a visa or a work permit.
Any EU citizen that will be new to the Island this year will require a visa to work and the employer will need a work permit. More information on the process of hiring EU nationals can be found here.
Do you import from or export to the European Union?
There are now new requirements, paperwork and processes that you will need to meet to import from or export to the European Union. More information can be found here: gov.je/tradeready.
If you would like to speak to Jersey Customs & Immigration Service (JCIS) on trade-related matters they can be contacted on [email protected].
Do your staff need training to meet the requirements of the new customs procedures and declarations?
If you trade with the European Union there are now new processes in place, notably the requirement to submit customs declarations. The UK government has collated a list of customs training providers, which can be accessed here.
Do you or any of your employees travel to the European Union?
If you are a British passport holder (including those passports issued by the Jersey Passport Office) you will need to comply with different rules to enter and travel around the Schengen Area (EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein). Travel to the United Kingdom and Ireland will not be affected.
If you’re planning to visit the Schengen Area you should check you have at least six months validity left from the date you will arrive.
Please use our online passport renewal calculator here.
Will your business have visitors from the European Union?
EU, EEA and Swiss nationals do not require a visa to visit Jersey. Visitors are able to come to Jersey for up to 6 months. EU nationals will be granted their immigration permission at the border and are unlikely to be delayed when travelling through the border.
There are very limited circumstances where a person can work when they have arrived as a visitor. Please contact Jersey Customs & Immigration Service (JCIS) if you need further information.
Do you exchange personal data with the European Union?
Jersey is, and will remain, a third country for data protection purposes. Jersey has adequacy status with the EU and has enacted the Data Protection (Jersey) Law 2018 which is equivalent to the GDPR.
As a result it is lawful for data to flow freely between Jersey, any EU member state and any other adequate third country.
Business readiness checklist & more information
A comprehensive business readiness checklist has been produced for local businesses to ensure they have considered these new rules, processes and changes. The checklist can be found at www.gov.je/businessready.
If you have specific questions relating to your imports/exports contact Jersey Customs and Immigration on:
Email [email protected]