The Government of Jersey has announced that it will defer planned changes to the de minimis level for paying goods and services tax on unaccompanied imported goods for personal use.

The Government had proposed that from July 1, 2020, the value of goods which could be imported without attracting GST would be reduced from GBP240 to GBP135.

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the measure will be deferred to January 2021, to help manage the current pressures on hauliers, postal workers, and customs officers.

Treasury Minister Susie Pinel said: “Following discussions with the Agent of the Import, it became clear that the degree of human intervention required to manage the reduced GST de minimis level by freight handlers; postal workers; and customs officers would be difficult to manage alongside all the other priority work now being undertaken by these organizations at this challenging time. I also recognize that it would not be appropriate to reduce the de minimis level at a time when people are increasingly reliant upon home deliveries.”