He said that while his department was keen to expand the Island’s fulfilment industry, UK companies should not be able to use Jersey as a back door to avoid VAT.
Senator Ozouf’s comments came following the publication of an Economic Affairs Scrutiny Panel report that claimed that he had put the brakes on the industry before it had even got off the ground.
But he argued that far from attacking the fulfilment industry, closing down third party service providers (3PS) was protecting the Island’s reputation and integrity on an international scale.
‘I completely reject the suggestion that I have damaged the fulfilment industry.
I have just made sure that Jersey can not be used as a postbox.
We are working very hard on legitimate, profitable internet retailing in the Island.
Jersey is regarded as the leading offshore jurisdiction, and that must be guarded at all costs,’ he said.