NEWS Changes to Australia’s duty free tobacco allowance

From 1 July 2017, the duty free tobacco allowance will be reduced.

​As part of Health initiatives announced in the 2016 Budget, the Australian Government is reducing the allowable amount of duty free tobacco for travellers arriving in Australia.

From 1 July 2017, the duty free allowance for all travellers bringing tobacco products into Australia will be reduced from 50 grams to 25 grams of tobacco, as well as one open packet. The new allowance includes tobacco in any form (cigarette, loose leaf, etc). Travellers with more than this amount will be required to pay duty on all tobacco in their possession, unless they agree to dispose of the excess.

Duty free store operators are asked to ensure all necessary steps are taken to communicate this message to customers and update cigarette packaging and store signage. Please also update any relevant messaging on your website to reflect the change.  

Airlines and cruise operators are also asked to update relevant duty free messaging on their websites and update packaging and signage where necessary.

Information on the reduction will be displayed in all international air and sea ports in Australia.

This reduction has no impact on commercial importers of tobacco products.

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