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28 Oct 2011 00:00 by ms51 Star rating in uk/Los Alcazares. 100 posts Send private message


Some one just told me the allowance has changed for the amount of tobacco you can bring back?

Anyone else heard any thing ????????????

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28 Oct 2011 15:18 by bobaol Star rating. 2257 posts Send private message

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 The allowance hasn't changed as there is no limit.  What has changed is that the customs officials will now ask you to prove that the tobacco is for your own consumption when you have more than 800 per person instead of 3200.  They say this is to bring the UK Customs into line with other EU countries.

I think they call this the "indicative" limit, or some such gobbldygook.  But, as tobacco has had the duty paid in Spain, there is no limit to the amount provided they are for your own use "or for a gift providing there is no monetary exchange".  That means that even if someone pays your petrol money in exchange then it is illegal.  Giving your Dad the odd 200 is not illegal.

It's also been advertised since March this year that the new "indicative" level would commence from October this year.



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28 Oct 2011 15:21 by ms51 Star rating in uk/Los Alcazares. 100 posts Send private message

Thanks for that, didnt think they had changed things,but always best to check

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28 Oct 2011 17:13 by johnzx Star rating in Spain. 5241 posts Send private message

Ms 51,


Do a search,   this was covered very fully on a thread as :- 


Duty Free changes when returning from EU to the UK

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