Although many of us know we can make a saving if we buy cigarettes or alcohol duty-free, do you know your allowances and how much you can bring back to the UK?
Arriving home from an EU country
While there is no longer any UK duty or tax to pay on items when returning from a country in the EU, anything you do buy must be for personal use or a gift. Customs officers may query any goods you have brought back that exceed the standard amount shown.
Arriving home from a non-EU country
If you are travelling back into the UK from a country outside of the EU then duty-free allowances are in place. This means you are restricted on the amount of goods you can bring back home with you. If you go over this allowance you might have to pay tax or duty on your goods - Excise Duty, Customs Duty and Import VAT.
The type of tax or duty you will pay depends on what you want to bring home. Duty-free allowances for travel outside of the EU are shown.
You can bring back items bought on holiday worth up to £390 duty free. If you bring home a single item worth more than your allowance, you will have to pay tax/duty on the full amount, not just that above the allowance.