Duty Free Allowances

Treasury written question – answered on 11th January 2019.

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Photo of Steve Double Steve Double Conservative, St Austell and Newquay

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether a return of duty free would see the return of allowances and see an end to personal duty paid goods coming in from the EU.

Photo of Mel Stride Mel Stride Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General

The issues around duty-free are complex, with a range of possible approaches. The government is clear that tax is a sovereign matter and that it will be open to the UK government and Parliament to decide to change its policy in the future, subject to any negotiations with the EU.

The Chancellor made clear at the Treasury Select Committee on 5 November that there are no plans at the moment to review the duty-free situation, when asked about the possible reintroduction of duty-free after March 2019.

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