Understand what you need to do to trade with the UK and the EU

We have prepared these pages in collaboration with both the States of Jersey’s External Relations and Jersey Customs and Immigration. Both these teams have been negotiating with the UK Government throughout the Brexit process and they will continue to engage with the UK whilst the practicalities of the UK leaving the EU continue to come into effect.

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. As a result officials in the States of Jersey have been in discussion with the UK to ensure that the Island’s interests are taken into account during the UK’s negotiations.

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.

Trading with the UK

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.

Trading with the EU

It is essential that businesses trading with EU partners, customers or suppliers, make 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

Travelling to the EU for business

Nothing will change for British nationals, which includes those holding Jersey variant British passports, travelling, working or living in the EU until after 31 December 2020.

If you live in Jersey and you hold an EU national identity card or passport nothing will change in relation to travelling, working or living in the EU before or after 31 December 2020.

The UK and the EU will be negotiating their future trading relationship during 2020, it is uncertain if this will impact future travel for British and EU nationals.

Government of Jersey information on Visiting the EU after 31st Dec 2020

Employing EU nationals

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.

WEBINAR - Future border & immigration system

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.

WEBINAR - Business Readiness Checklist for importers

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?

Businesses are being urged to contact Jersey Customs and Immigration if they have any questions relating to their imports/exports before the deadline date of 31st December 2020.

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