Jersey Post cuts UK from EU delivery routes

In the face of uncertainty around Brexit, Jersey Post is trialling alternative routes for Jersey e-commerce sellers to get their packages into Europe.

Jersey based e-commerce firms sent 4.7 million items through Jersey Post in 2018. Four point two million of them (90%) went to mainland Europe. The current state of Brexit brings uncertainty as to how these packages would be delivered to customers.

Currently, Europe-bound parcels from Jersey go via the UK and into Europe via the Channel Tunnel. They are classed as post and therefore benefit from simplified customs clearance thanks to bilateral agreements between Jersey Post and other Universal Postal Union states. If Brexit proceeds as expected this route will be congested and subjected to increased border and customs controls that could well jeopardise the Bailiwick’s e-commerce companies.

As part of its trial Jersey Post has sent goods via ferry to St Malo where it is cleared through customs. On a Netherlands route the parcels arrived at their destinations the next day, taking a total of 48 hours door to door. The postal operator is planning to formalise this route through bilateral agreements.

Niall McClure, Jersey Post’s Managing Director for Postal and Logistics, said: “With the level of uncertainty surrounding Brexit showing no sign of slowing, we’ve been working tirelessly to provide our clients with alternative routes into Europe. Whatever the implications of Brexit, we’re confident that we will have solutions in place that will enable locally-based e-commerce businesses to trade freely with EU customers.”

Jersey Post is also looking at direct mail flights to France that would allow for 24 hour delivery – something of interest to the islands’ legal and financial operations there.

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