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Duty Free Allowance - UK

Fri Jan 02, 2004 2:10 pm

Apparently, the allowance by HM customs is 200 cigarettes and 1 litre of spirits (duty free). Does this quota only apply to duty free goods purchased at the airport. I am due to travel back to the UK this weekend and the prices there are unbelievable. Will I be allowed to go over 200 fags if the rest of them aren't duty free (i.e. purchased in stores rather than the airport)?

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Fri Jan 02, 2004 2:18 pm

This is copied and pasted for you from the Customs & Excise Website

You are entitled to the allowances shown below only if you travel with the goods and do not plan to sell them.

200 cigarettes; or
100 cigarillos; or
50 cigars; or
250gms of tobacco
60cc/ml of perfume

2 litres of still table wine
250cc/ml of toilet water

1 litre of spirits or strong liqueurs over 22% volume; or
2 litres of fortified wine, sparkling wine or other liqueurs
£145 worth of all other goods including gifts and souvenirs.

These items do not necessarily need to be purchased at the airport but this is the total amount you can bring back duty free. The duty free refers to the tax (duty) paid to HM Customs & Excise on these items and even if you have paid duty elsewhere you are still liable to pay duty on them again ie The UK Treasury if you bring them into the UK.


[Edited 2004-01-02 06:27:43]

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