The Customs and Immigration Service has recently recruited additional resources for a period of 3 months to allow officers to conduct a risk testing exercise on passengers importing goods in excess of the duty free passenger allowances, with a particular emphasis on tobacco goods.
The summer period is when the Service resources at the frontiers are particularly stretched. The recruitment of these temporary officers will ensure that duty free importations in excess of the passenger allowances receive more attention during this period than in previous years.
The risk testing exercise will commence on 30th June 2014.
All the duty free shops at airports in the UK who have flights to Jersey, together with the airlines/shipping companies carrying passengers to the Island, have been written to and informed about the extra resources that will be dedicated to this type of passenger traffic.
Steven Le Marquand, Director, Legal Status and Revenue in the Customs and Immigration Service said:-
“We have evidence that passengers continue to import tobacco/cigarettes in excess of the duty free allowances on a regular basis. These extra resources will ensure that such importations continue to receive the appropriate level of coverage without impacting on the priority to maintain the immigration controls and investigate the importation of controlled drugs into the Island”.