ONE of the most popular items to bring back from holidays are cigarettes, with Brits able to save money on duty-free shopping.
We've explained everything you need to know from how many you can bring back to how much it will cost you.
1. How many cigarettes are you allowed to bring to the UK from abroad?
Those travelling from within the EU can bring home the following as long as they are to be used, not sold on:
- 800 cigarettes
- 200 cigars
- 400 cigarillos
- 1kg tobacco
This doesn't apply if returning from the Canary Islands, the north of Cyprus, the Channel Islands or Gibraltar as they are considered to be outside of the EU when it comes to customs.
If you are returning from a country outside of the EU, you can only bring the following amounts back for yourself or gifts:
- 200 cigarettes
- 50 cigars
- 100 cigarillos
- 250g tobacco
You can also split the allowance to bring in more than one kind, such as 100 cigarettes and 25 cigars.
If you go over this allowance you might have to pay tax or duty on your goods – Excise Duty, Customs Duty and Import VAT.
2. How much is excise duty on cigarettes?
HM Revenue & Customs excise duty is 16.5 per cent of the retail price plus £244.78 per 1,000 cigarettes.
For cigars, it is £305.32 per kg, while tobacco is £271.40 per kg.
3. Will Brexit mean I have to pay duty on goods I bring back from holidays in the EU?
From January 1, you won't be able to bring in as many cigarettes, with the new rules being the same as countries from outside the EU.
This means you can only bring 200 cigarettes from EU countries without paying duty.
But you will be able to access duty free shopping within the EU, so what you can bring home will be cheaper.
We've also explained how much liquid you can take with you in your hand luggage.
Beauty products, fragrances and spirits are a bargain as they are often cheaper in duty-free.
However, airports are cracking down on booze-buyers with many duty-free shops sealing alcohol in bags to prevent them from being drunk while travelling.
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