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Import/Excise Duties and Allowances (Duty Free)

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There are two types of duty chargeable within the Bailiwick of Guernsey.

These are;

Goods subject to import duty will require a commodity code and proof of origin in order to be cleared through customs. (See FIND A COMMODITY CODE information below).

IMPORT DUTY & ALLOWANCES

A duty of customs (known as "import duty") is charged in accordance with relevant Customs Law when goods are imported into the Bailiwick. Subject to the provisions of the Customs Law, because Guernsey is in a Customs Union with the UK, Jersey and Isle of Man, no customs duties are charged in respect of goods imported directly into the Bailiwick from those places, when:

All other goods imported into the Bailiwick may be liable to import duty, this includes goods from the European Union ("EU") and third countries (Rest of the world).

Goods arriving from the EU may be subject to preferential rates of duty, which in most cases will be zero, but only when the goods originate in the EU. Goods that do not meet the Rules of Origin, and therefore do not originate in the EU, are subject to import duty (despite having been dispatched from an EU country). A full customs declaration will need to be completed for all goods imported from outside the Customs union.

IMPORT DUTY PERSONAL ALLOWANCES

Personal Allowances are applicable when travelling with goods, in your luggage or vehicle and intended for personal use.

If you bring in something worth more than the limits you will have to pay import duty on the full value, not just on the value above £390 or £270.

If you are travelling as a family or group, you cannot pool your individual allowances towards one item worth more that the limit.  You will have to pay duty on the full value of the item.

To establish how much import duty is payable on an item, use the UK Global Tariff, which can be found at www.gov.uk/trade-tariff

To work out how much duty is payable on goods imported from the USA you can use the following example:

EXCISE DUTY & ALLOWANCES

Excise duty is applied to alcohol, tobacco and some fuels imported into or manufactured in the Bailiwick. Excise duty is set by the States of Guernsey in accordance with local government requirements. The rates are reviewed annually by the States of Guernsey and set at budget time, which is usually in October. They cover Guernsey and Alderney; Sark sets its own rates via the Chief Pleas.

EXCISE PERSONAL ALLOWANCES

PERSONS UNDER 17 ARE NOT ENTITLED TO THE TOBACCO OR ALCOHOL ALLOWANCES.

TOBACCO PRODUCTS
Cigarettes 200
or
Cigarillos 100
or
Cigars 50
or
Other tobacco 250g

ALCOHOLIC DRINKS
over 22% by volume (spirits/strong liqueurs) 1 litre
or
under 22% volume (including fortified and sparkling wine, and other liqueurs) 2 litres
and
still table wine 4 litres
plus four extra litres of still table wine if no spirits, liqueurs, fortified or sparkling wines
and
beer or cider (or a combination) 50 litres
Alcohol and tobacco products in excess of the Duty Free allowances imported from countries outside the Customs Union of the UK, Isle of Man or Channel Islands may incur both Excise and Import duties (taxes).

WHY ARE THE PUBLIC NOT TOLD ABOUT THEIR DUTY FREE ALLOWANCE WHEN THEY PURCHASE DUTY FREE ITEMS?

It is the responsibility of every member of the public to be aware of the relevant laws and customs duties that are applicable to whatever jurisdiction or country they are travelling to.  

All carriers travelling to and from the Channel Islands display the duty free allowances either on the boarding passes or in their individual on-board/in flight magazines.  Allowances are also prominently displayed at all points of sale. 

In addition, notices advising the public of their allowances are posted in the arrival halls at the airport and harbour.


Visitor travel - UK

When to declare goods to UK customs

Declare commercial goods you're bringing into Great Britain in your accompanied baggage or a small vehicle - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Bringing goods into the UK for personal use: When to declare goods to UK customs - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Downloads

Guernsey & Alderney Excise Rates From 1st Jan 2022 Guide du voyageur Guide to Travellers

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