New rules for travellers’ allowances into the European Union

New rules for travellers’ allowances into the European Union
# 01 December 2008 14:12 (UTC +04:00)
Brussels. Alexander Kin -APA. From 1 December 2008, new rules on tax and duty free imports enter into force. Travellers will benefit from cost savings when importing goods into the EU in their personal luggage. At the same time, Member States will avoid administrative costs currently involved in collecting small amounts of duties and taxes, APA correspondent reports from Brussels. Spokesperson for the European Commission Maria Assimakopoulou said at the briefing in Brussels that the new rules would increase the current monetary threshold from € 175 to € 430 for air and sea travellers and to € 300 for land and inland waterways travellers, increase the quantitative limit for still wine from 2 to 4 litres, give Member States the option of reducing the quantitative limits on tobacco products (e.g. for cigarettes: from 200 to 40) in support of health policies.
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