Changes to duty free rules from January 2021

Released 11 September 2020

HM Treasury has announced changes to the duty free rules from January 2021.

Broadly, the changes mean that passengers will be able to buy duty-free alcohol and tobacco products, where available, in British ports, airports, and international train stations, and aboard ships, trains and planes. The amount that passengers can bring back with them from non-EU Countries will also be significantly increased, and extended to EU countries.

Tax-free sales in airports of goods such as electronics and clothing for passengers travelling to non-EU countries will end from January 2021, following concerns that the tax-concession is not always passed on to consumers in the airport.

Further information can be found in the Treasury press release at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/duty-free-extended-to-the-eu-from-january-2021.

HMT’s consultation document and summary of responses is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/a-consultation-on-duty-free-and-tax-free-goods-carried-by-passengers.

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