EUROPEAN COMMISSION INCREASES DUTY FREE ALLOWANCES FOR EXCISE PURCHASES

BY KEITH NUTHALL

CROSS-BORDER shopping in countries with significant passenger travel flows into the European Union (EU) should increase through more liberal personal allowances for duty-free or -paid purchases. The maximum value of drinks, tobacco, perfume or other 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 sales booms from low price non-EU eastern European countries. Also, ...


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