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Duty free extended to the EU from January 2021

22 September 2020
Issue: 4761 / Categories: News

The Treasury has published its responses and policy decisions on the post-transition period regime for duty-free and tax-free goods carried by passengers across borders. This follows consultation with the industry which closed on 20 May 2020. From January 2021:

  • duty-free shopping will be extended to include EU countries;
  • tax-free sales in airports of goods, such as electronics and clothing, for passengers travelling to non-EU countries will end;
  • VAT refunds for overseas visitors in British shops will be removed. Overseas visitors will still be able to buy items VAT-free in store and have them sent direct to their overseas addresses.

Regulations will be laid before the House of Commons to give effect to these changes.

Issue: 4761 / Categories: News
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