Duty Free to return to Newhaven-Dieppe route

Duty Free is to return to ferries from Newhaven to Dieppe.

Friday, 5th February 2021, 12:39 pm
Updated Friday, 5th February 2021, 12:40 pm

On Wednesday, February 3, the Government upheld the changes to duty free allowances.

Now that the transition period has ended, the government can make changes to how VAT and excise duty are levied on goods for personal use that are brought into and taken out of Great Britain in travellers’ luggage.

The new rules cover duty-free sales to passengers bound for EU destinations at ports, airports and international railway stations and on-board ships, planes and trains on international routes.

Lewes MP Maria Caulfield
Lewes MP Maria Caulfield

Incoming travellers will be entitled to the same tax and duty-free allowances, the amount of goods an individual can bring into Great Britain without making a declaration or paying tax/duty, regardless of whether they arrive from the EU or non-EU countries.

The allowances for alcohol will be significantly increased compared to what is currently in place.

Other allowances remain unchanged except for the addition of a new category of tobacco products (tobacco for heating).

The measure also introduces a simplified method for calculating excise duty so that those travellers bringing goods in excess of their allowance can make a customs declaration more easily.

Lewes MP Maria Caulfield said it was ‘excellent news for the local area’, with the Newhaven-Dieppe ferry service able to benefit from these changes.

She added: “The route is already benefiting from a share of the £77.6 million freight contract announced last year, and this further good news will bolster our local economy, bringing more jobs and new business as we move into the future.”