how many Cigs?
Following on from last week's column regarding the quantities of cigarettes and alcohol you can bring in from non-EU and EU countries, Paul Lynch got in touch to say that "customs are misleading the public as is your article", with reference to the amount of cigarettes you can bring in from another EU country.
Paul wants to remind readers that the "the figure of 800 (for cigarettes) is only a guideline that customs use to indicate that there might be an intention to re-sell, but the onus is on them to prove it".
Paul is absolutely correct in that this amount is a guideline only and it's not a legal limit.
However, if you are bringing in ciggies and alcohol from an EU country, remember that these guidelines are noted by customs officials.
Meanwhile, Toddy got in touch wondering why he was able to buy duty-free cigarettes and alcohol when returning from Spain recently.
If Toddy was travelling from Spain he would not have been entitled to duty-free cigarettes and alcohol but could of course buy the duty-paid ones, which would still be cheaper.
But if Toddy was returning from the Canaries, that's different because they are not part of the EU's fiscal territory.