APH gets into the ‘Spirit’ with Comparison of UK Duty Free Allowances

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With the British government recently announcing an increase in the cost of cigarettes by 28p per pack, many holidaymakers will be planning on bringing back duty free goods when travelling abroad this summer. In order to help UK travellers ensure they stay within the governmental allowance, Airport Parking and Hotels (APH) has put together a comprehensive guide highlighting the rules and regulations when bringing back duty free products to the UK.

PRODUCT

WHEN TRAVELLING FROM THE EU**
TO THE UK

WHEN TRAVELLING FROM OUTSIDE
THE EU TO THE UK

Cigarettes*

800

200

Cigarillos*

400

100

Cigars*

200

50

Tobacco

1kg

250g

Wine(Table)

90 litres

4 litres

Fortified Wine

20 litres

2 litres

Sparkling Wine

20 litres

2 litres

Beer

110 litres

16 litres

Spirits

10 litres

1 litre

Liqueurs (over 22% volume)

10 litres

1 litre

Liqueur (under 22% volume)

20 litres

2 litres

All other goods including gifts, souvenirs, perfume and electrical items

N/A

£390.00 (Value)

*Figure refers to individual items not packs or boxes

**EU countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland (Republic of), Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain (not including the Canary Islands), Sweden, The UK (not including the Channel Islands). Although Gibraltar is part of the EU, it is outside the Community Customs territory. The custom allowances for outside the EU therefore apply. Secondly though the whole of Cyprus is part of the EU, goods from any area of Cyprus not under effective control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus are treated as non-EU imports.

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3 comments for “APH gets into the ‘Spirit’ with Comparison of UK Duty Free Allowances

  1. Bernie
    April 26, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    very useful info on duty free thank you

  2. Barrs
    April 26, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Clarification please, am I permitted to purchase the maximum quantities in each of the categories in the EU column and similarly in the outside EU column?

    • April 28, 2014 at 10:55 am

      @Barrs here are the rules:

      The alcohol and tobacco allowances are separate so you can bring the maximum of each (e.g. 200 cigarettes plus 16 litres of beer) but when purchasing products from the same category (e.g. tobacco), the total allowance must not be exceeded (e.g. you can bring in 100 cigarettes and 25 cigars which is half of each allowance).

      However, when combining products in the alcohol category this depends on the alcoholic content so you can bring in either of the following (but not both):
      • 1 litre of spirits or strong liqueurs (over 22% alcohol)
      • 2 litres of fortified wine (e.g. port, sherry), sparkling wine or any other alcoholic drink that’s less than 22% alcohol

      Or you can combine these allowances – so you could bring in 1 litre of fortified wine and half a litre of spirits (both half of the allowance).

      But you can bring in both of the following alcoholic products:
      • 16 litres of beer
      • 4 litres of still wine

      This link may also help: https://www.gov.uk/duty-free-goods/arrivals-from-outside-the-eu

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