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Duty Free Allowances

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  • Duty Free Personal Allowances

    • PERSONS UNDER 17 ARE NOT ENTITLED TO THE TOBACCO OR ALCOHOL ALLOWANCES.

      TOBACCO PRODUCTS
      Cigarettes 200
      or
      Cigarillos 100
      or
      Cigars 50
      or
      Other tobacco 250g

      ALCOHOLIC DRINKS
      over 22% by volume (spirits/strong liqueurs) 1 litre
      or
      under 22% volume (including fortified and sparkling wine, and other liqueurs) 2 litres
      and
      still table wine 4 litres
      plus four extra litres of still table wine if no spirits, liqueurs, fortified or sparkling wines
      and
      beer or cider (or a combination) 50 litres
      Alcohol and tobacco products in excess of the Duty Free allowances imported from countries outside the Customs Union of the UK, Isle of Man or Channel Islands may incur both Excise and Import duties (taxes).
    • OTHER GOODS
    • All other goods imported into the Bailiwick may be liable to import duty, this includes goods from the European Union ("EU") and third countries (Rest of the world).
    • Goods arriving from the EU may be subject to preferential rates of duty, which in most cases will be zero, but only when the goods originate in the EU, goods that do not meet the Rules of Origin, and therefore do not originate in the EU, are subject to import duty (despite having been dispatched from an EU country). A full customs declaration will need to be completed for all goods imported from outside the Customs union.
    • Personal allowances when travelling on a commercial air or sea service, goods to a value of £390
    • Personal Allowances when travelling by private aircraft or private vessel, goods to a value of £270
    • If you bring in something worth more than the limits you will have to pay import duty on the full value, not just on the value above £390 or £270.
    • If you are travelling as a family or group, you cannot pool your individual allowances towards one item worth more that the limit.  You will have to pay duty on the full value of the item.
  • Why are the public not told about their Duty Free Allowance when they purchase duty free items?

    • It is the responsibility of every member of the public to be aware of the relevant laws and customs duties that are applicable to whatever jurisdiction or country they are travelling to.  

      All carriers travelling to and from the Channel Islands display the duty free allowances either on the boarding passes or in their individual on-board/in flight magazines.  Allowances are also prominently displayed at all points of sale. 

      In addition, notices advising the public of their allowances are posted in the arrival halls at the airport and harbour.

 

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