Export of controlled drugs to the Channel Islands

The Channel Islands (Jersey and Guernsey) operate their own licensing regime for controlled drugs (CD). For UK exporters, this means that shipments of CDs from the mainland UK to the Channel Islands must be covered by an appropriately issued export licence.

Following a review of existing practices any previously issued open-ended blanket licenses covering exports to the Channel Islands will cease to be valid for export from 1 November 2010.

We have contacted those holding opened blanket licences covering schedule 2, 3 and 4 (part 1 & 2) for exports of CDs to the Channel Islands to ensure that they are issued with the correct replacement licence as appropriate.

Changes to the current Channel Islands licensing system.

From the 1 November 2010 licensing arrangements for export to the Channel Islands of schedule 2, 3 and 4 (part 1 & 2) CDs will be as follows:

1. Frequent exporters

Companies making 24 or more shipments in a 12-month period can apply for a time-limited blanket export licence.

  • licences will be valid for a maximum period of one year
  • licenses may be replaced annually and fall for replacement on 1 November 2010, irrespective of their date of issue
  • licensees will be responsible for ensuring applications for further licences are submitted no less than four weeks before the expiry of their existing licences
  • there is no automatic replacement, it is the responsibility of the licensees to apply
  • the decisions to issue licences are made on a case-by-case basis, taking into account all relevant factors at the time of the decision
  • the issue of a previous licence does not guarantee future issues

You will need to use the frequent exporter licence application.

2. Occasional exporters

Exporters who make less than 24 shipments in a 12-month period will need to make an individual application for an export licence.

Occasional exporters will be required to apply for individual export authorisations for each consignment. Applications must be accompanied by a valid import permit from the competent authority as appropriate.

3. Schedule 1 controlled drugs

Each shipment of schedule 1 CDs will require an individual export authorisation application, accompanied by a valid import permit from the requisite competent authorities.
As with all scheduled 1 shipments, a domestic export licence is required so that a licensee can export to the Channel Islands.

All exporters will be required to hold the relevant domestic controlled drug licenses for the appropriate schedules.

Monthly returns of exports

All complete monthly returns export form must be sent to the Home Office via email only, to Channel_Islands@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk.

Holders of frequent exporter licences must submit a monthly return form detailing the actual substances that have been shipped.

If you have not shipped for one month or more, then a nil return is required for each month that you have not shipped. If no monthly return form is received to cover each month you have held a licence, then your licence may be suspended.

Please complete the monthly returns form

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