Duty Free Allowances for returning citizens from Britain, Canada and the United States
DUTY FREE ALLOWANCES
BRITAIN - Duty Free Allowances for Returning U.K. Citizens
From 1 December 2008, UK residents travelling from outside of the European Union (EU) will be able to bring back an increased amount of duty-free shopping, following the first changes to customs allowances in 15 years.
The changes have been brought in by the EU to cover all member states with the intention of making duty-free laws more in line with the needs of the traveling public.
The changes to current restrictions see the allowance for goods such as electrical products and souvenirs double from £145 to £300.
Additional changes include:increase from two to four liters of wine new allowance of 16 liters of beer restrictions on volume of fragrance removed option to mix and match on tobacco products option to mix and match on alcohol products
Changes in duty free allowances
Other goods (includes perfume, electrical and souvenirs) The new allowance is £300 (previous allowance £145), this will rise to £340 in January 2009
Tobacco - The allowance remains the same; either 200 cigarettes, or 100 cigarillos, or 50 cigars, or 250g of tobacco.
However you can now combine these duty free allowances provided you do not exceed your total tobacco allowance.
For example you could bring in 100 cigarettes and 25 cigars, which is 50 per cent of your cigarette allowance and 50 per cent of your cigar allowance.
Alcohol - The allowance remains the same; either one liter of spirits or strong liqueurs (over 22 per cent volume), or two liters of fortified wine (such as port or sherry), sparkling wine or any other alcoholic beverage of less than 22 per cent volume.
However, you can now combine these allowances, provided that you do not exceed your total alcohol allowance.
For example you could bring in one liter of fortified wine and half a liter of spirits, which is 50 per cent of your fortified wine allowance and 50 per cent of your spirits allowance.
Wine, Four liters of still wine can be brought back in addition to the allowances for spirits and fortified wine.
Beer, 16 liters of beer can be brought back in addition to the allowances for spirits and fortified wine.
CANADA - Duty Free Allowances for Returning Canadian Citizens
People staying longer than forty eight hours or more can claim up to $400 CND per trip.
Tobacco...200 Cigarettes and 50 Cigars Liquor - 40 oz. (1.14 Liters)
People staying longer than 7 days or more can claim up to $750 CND per trip.
Tobacco - 200 Cigarettes - 50 Cigars - 200g of Tobacco
You may also bring bona fide gifts worth up to Canadian $60 each for your friends in Canada without paying duty, provided these do not consist of tobacco or alcoholic beverages.
UNITED STATES - Duty Free Allowances for Returning American Citizens
Alcohol - Alcoholic Beverages One liter (33.8 fl. oz.) of alcoholic beverages may be included in your exemption if: You are 21 years old. It is for your own use or as a gift. It does not violate the laws of the state in which you arrive.
Gifts - A non-resident may bring gifts totaling $100 in value to the U.S. duty free. Any gift items over that amount will be dutiable at the same rates as gifts exceeding $800 for a returning resident.
As a returning resident, you are entitled to a duty-free exemption for newly purchased goods up to the value of $800 if the goods accompany you when you arrive in the U.S.
Goods in excess of $800 that accompany you are dutiable at a flat rate of 3 percent for the next $1000 in value, goods that are not covered by the personal exemption or flat rate of duty (anything over $1800) are assessed duty in accordance with the item's Harmonized Tariff Schedule classification
Tobacco / Snuff - You are permitted to bring 100 cigars or 200 cigarettes (one carton) into the US duty free, or one roll ("stock") of snuff into the US duty free.