Wednesday, 27 April 2011

UK Government to Clamp Down on Duty Free Tobacco Allowance

The UK Government is to cut the tobacco allowance of travellers by two thirds in an attempt to claw back some £2.2bn in tax lost to tobacco smuggling every year.

In real terms, this means that the new limit imposed will be 800 cigarettes and 1kg of rolling tobacco compared to the existing limit of 3,200 cigarettes and 3kg of rolling tobacco.

This controversial move is to provide a 20% budget increase for Revenue & Customs anti smuggling team. The extra resources will be used to focus on intelligence operations overseas where seizures exceeded 1bn cigarettes for the first time last year.

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