Extracts from the press briefing by Maria Assimakopoulou, spokesperson of László Kovács, on new rules for travellers' allowances into the EU from 1 December 2008
At the 1 December 2008 EC press briefing, Maria Assimakopoulou, spokesperson of László Kovács, Member of the EC in charge of Taxation and Customs Union, said that new rules on tax and duty free imports were entering into force.
European travellers will benefit from cost savings when importing goods into the European Union in their personal luggage. At the same time, Member States will avoid administrative costs currently involved in collecting small amounts of duties and taxes.
The new rules will increase the monetary threshold from 175 euro to 430 euro for air and sea travellers and to 300 euro for land and inland waterways travellers. They will abolish the quantitative limits on perfume, eau de toilette, coffee and tea, and increase the quantitative limit for still wine from 2 to 4 litres. They will also introduce a quantitative limit of 16 litres for beer imports.
Nevertheless, some Member States choose the option of reducing the quantitative limits on tobacco products (e.g. for cigarettes: from 200 to 40) in support of health policies. SHOTLIST