Warning to travellers about allowances

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TRAVELLERS in our area bringing tobacco and cigarettes in from the EU are reminded that allowances are being cut.

From October people will only be able to bring in 800 cigarettes and 1kg of hand-rolling tobacco.

The move brings the UK in line with the rest of Europe.

HM Revenue and Customs spokesman Bob Gaiger said: ‘Law-abiding individuals who genuinely import goods for their own use will not be affected. This change will only affect individuals who are abusing the current limits to avoid paying excise duty on tobacco products which are subsequently re-sold.’

Travellers can pick up the UK Border Agency leaflet ‘Travelling to the UK (Notice 1)’ detailing the change at UK ports and airports from October 1.

Further details of Traveller’s Allowances can be viewed on the HMRC and UKBA websites.