Changes to duty free shopping

Source: HM Treasury | | 24/09/2020

The government has published the new rules for duty free and tax free shopping that will come into effect from 1 January 2021. The changes are wide ranging.

For anyone who smokes or drinks there will be no duty charged on alcohol or tobacco products from January 2021. This will apply irrespective of whether you are travelling to an EU or non-EU country. The new rules will apply to British ports, airports, international rail stations and sales on ships, trains and planes. 

There will also be new increased personal limits on what you can bring home. This means that passengers coming to Britain will be able to bring back, for example, three crates of beer, two cases of still wine and one case of sparkling wine or 4 litres of spirits to GB without paying UK duties.

The government has also announced the ending of all tax free sales from January 2021. This will apply to relevant sales of tax-free transactions in airports of goods in sectors such as: electronics, fashion and beauty products and will apply to passengers travelling to non-EU countries.

It has also been announced that the VAT Retail Export Scheme is to be scrapped from 1 January 2021. This means that VAT refunds for overseas visitors in British shops will be removed. The only exception will be when an item is shipped directly from the seller to the home address of the foreign customer.

The changes will apply in England, Wales and Scotland. The rules in Northern Ireland are still under discussion.



Contact Us

8-10 Queen Street
Seaton
Devon
EX12 2NY
Tel: 01297 624188

Also in Exeter

21 Heavitree Road
Exeter
Devon
EX1 2LD
Tel: 01392 823999

 

Cookie Policy

Latest News

New cashback scheme proposed
22/10/2020 - More...
The government has announced plans to allow customers to get cashback from shops without needing to make a purchase. At

Closing a limited company
22/10/2020 - More...
There are a number of reasons why you may decide to close your limited company. This could be because a limited company

Brexit countdown importers
22/10/2020 - More...
As we have reported previously, the UK government has confirmed that it will neither accept nor seek any extension to

News Search


Newsletter

With our newsletter, you automatically receive our latest news per e-mail and get access to the archive including advanced search options!

» Sign up for the newsletter
» Login