Chancellor announces return of duty-free
The decision on duty-free shopping in UK ports, airports and international train stations will mean:
People will now also have the alternative option to buy limited amounts of duty-free alcohol and cigarettes at duty free shops in Europe instead. For example, a holidaymaker could save more than £12 on two crates of beer. The travel industry has been calling on the government to re-introduce duty-free, which stopped when the EU Single Market was introduced.
Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid said:
As we prepare to leave the EU, I’m pleased to be able to back British travellers.
We want people to enjoy their hard-earned holidays and this decision will help holidaymakers’ cash go that little bit further.
Duty-free shopping is already permitted for travellers going to non-EU countries.
A consultation will also be launched shortly on our long term duty-free policy.