The Universal Postal Union has announced the new rules, which will also come into effect from 1 April 2021 for parcel items containing goods or merchandise being sent to the UK.
Information that is currently required on existing Customs forms now needs to be presented in advance, and some additional fields on forms will also become mandatory, with customers having to list the weight, quantity and value of items in parcels.
Jersey Post has created a new combined postage and Customs label, which has a scannable barcode, for its customers to use to meet the requirements.
It can be accessed online at jerseypost.com/onlinepostage.
Envelopes containing letters, cards or documents will not be affected by the new requirement.
Niall McClure, Jersey’s Post’s managing director for postal and logistics, said: ‘As a member of the Universal Postal Union, we are bound by the regulations imposed upon postal authorities and as such must abide by this recent change.
‘Pre-advice data helps to automate and speed up manual processes by reading electronic pre-advice data as opposed to manually checking parcels, and this enables a more efficient customers clearance process.’
lFor Islanders without access to printing facilities, these are available at Broad Street post office. Help is also available at post offices for those without online access who bring the required information with them.