Customs change warning

PUBLISHED: 13:49 09 October 2011

Changes could catch some people out

Changes could catch some people out

Archant

FEARS are growing that changes to the amount of duty free you can bring into the country this month could catch some people out.

Roy Randall, from Weston, booked a trip to France with Bakers Dolphin in September for this week, only to later find out he would not be able to take back as many cigarettes as he had in the past.

On October 1 HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) reduced the allowed amount of cigarettes from 3,200 to 800 and tobacco from 3kg to 1kg.

Roy only became aware of the change when he checked the small print of the second invoice sent to him by Bakers Dolphin.

Whilst the company recommend checking HMRC’s website closely, Roy was unhappy that he had not been told in advance of the change of legislation and that they had not made it clear to other passengers of the change.

He has since cancelled his trip and could lose the £50 he paid for his ticket but is worried that others who go on the ‘booze and cigarette’ tour may unintentionally get into trouble.

He said: “If they smuggle and get caught they get everything they deserve but if they willingly show Customs what they’ve got and get caught that’s not fair.”

“I shouldn’t think a lot people know that it has been changed.”

The new regulations only affect cigarettes and tobacco brought back from EU countries. Current alcohol legislation has not been changed.

Bakers Dolphin was unavailable for comment when contacted.

For more details about the changes visit www.hmce.gov.uk

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