EUROPEAN COMMISSION ALLOWS MORE RESTRICTIONS ON TOBACCO DUTY FREE IMPORTS

BY KEITH NUTHALL

THE MAXIMUM amount of duty-free or duty-paid tobacco that can be brought into the European Union (EU) from a non-EU country without paying EU excise duty can now be reduced to just 40 cigarettes. That is an option now offered to member states, which can maintain the previous 200 cigarette limit if they choose. The lower new option would also allow travellers to bring 20 cigarillos, 10 cigars or 50 grams of tobacco into the EU without paying excise duty, compared with 100 cigarillos, 50 cigars, or 250 grams of tobacco under the old ...


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