Jersey Post has advised that all parcels sent from Jersey will now require an electronic pre-advice customs data (aka electronic advance data or EAD), which includes information on the sender, the recipient, and the details of the contents within the parcel, similar to the current customs label.
However, further information will be needed on each item within the parcel:
The online form should be completed and printed prior to arrival at the Post Office. In recognition that not everyone has online access or a printer, Jersey Post has made dedicated printers available and you can complete the form at the post office if needed.
Jersey Post’s press release states that they “have adapted our combined postage customs label to capture this information and to include a Universal Postal Union (UPU) compliant S10 barcode that ensures each item can be linked, via the barcode, to the electronic pre-advice information”.
1 January 2021 for all International bound parcels
1 April 2021 for all UK bound parcels
Letters, cards or documents will not be affected.
Those completing the form online will benefit from a 2% postage cost reduction which may disadvantage those without internet access.
Having contacted the Post Office about this their spokesperson has advised, “The 2% online discount is used as an incentive to drive people online to use our online postage portal to create and print their postage labels. By using the online portal, customers have the convenience of self-serving from the comfort of their own home, reducing the waiting times they may experience at our post offices. If customers don’t have a printer, they can still create the postage label online and then visit Broad Street and Rue des Pres post offices where we have printing facilities to print their labels free of charge”.
“If customers don’t have access to the internet, then they can still visit any of our post offices island-wide and fill in this information over the counter. We’re also in the process of installing tablets at our Broad Street branch for customers to use and self-serve if they wish to do so. This means they will have access to the internet and the online postage portal to benefit from the 2% discount”.
It’s important to note that this is a new regulatory requirement by the Universal Postal Union (UPU) and the attached webpage explains more www.jerseypost.com/ead.