What you need to know
PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE SUPPLY OR SALE OF ILLEGAL TOBACCO CAN
FACE SERIOUS PENALTIES:
KNOW YOUR LIMITS
Clearly, it's not illegal to go abroad and buy cheap cigarettes
for your own use, which includes gifts to friends and family -
as long as the amount is within HMRC guidelines and no money
changes hands. However, bringing cheap cigarettes or tobacco in
from abroad and selling them on is breaking the law.
There are no limits on the amount of duty/tax paid tobacco goods
you can bring into the UK from the European Union (EU), as long as
they are for your own use, not for commercial gain and are
transported by you personally.
However, you are likely to be asked questions at the UK frontier
if you have more than the following:
- 800 cigarettes
- 400 cigarillos
- 200 cigars
- 1 kg of tobacco
If you're coming back from a country outside of the EU, there
are limits on what you can bring back into the UK:
- 200 cigarettes or
- 100 cigarillos or
- 50 cigars or
- 250g of tobacco
DON'T GET CAUGHT OUT. YOU COULD FACE A FINE OR WORSE.
STICK WITHIN THE LIMITS AND GUIDELINES AND NEVER SELL ON WHAT
YOU BRING BACK.