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Duty free limit rises for goods from outside EU

UK residents can bring in more goods duty free

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The amount of duty-free goods UK travellers can bring back from non-EU countries is to rise for the second time in four weeks, it’s been announced.

From today, UK residents will be able to bring back £340 worth of items such as perfume, electrical products such as cameras, and souvenirs compared with the current figure of £300.

The £300 total had been increased from £145 at the beginning of December 2008 as part of a package of changes which included rises in the amount of alcohol allowed to be brought back to the UK.

Trips to the USA

Recent surveys by UK Border Agency and YouGov showed that half of those polled were planning a trip abroad in the next six months, with one in five planning to go to the USA and one in 10 heading for Asia.

A quarter of those surveyed travel abroad two or three times a year and more than a third of those planning a trip in the next six months intended to go to destinations beyond Europe.

Frances Tuke, spokesperson for UK travel organisation Abta, said: ‘January is still a peak month for booking holidays so this announcement is great news for both those travelling outside the EU and the travel industry as a whole in 2009.’

© Press Association 2008

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