EUROPEAN COMMISSION INCREASES DUTY FREE ALLOWANCES FOR EXCISE PURCHASES

BY KEITH NUTHALL

CROSS-BORDER food and drink shopping in countries with significant passenger travel flows into the European Union (EU) should increase through more liberal personal allowances for excise duty-free or -paid food and drink purchases. The maximum value of drinks, confectionery and other excisable products consumers can bring into the EU without paying additional duty has risen from Euro 175 to 430 for air and sea travellers and Euro 300 for land and inland waterways. Lower land thresholds reflect concerns about potential sales booms ...


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