What is the maximum number of cigarettes and tobacco I can bring to the UK if coming from outside the EU?
And what is the penalty for being over the limit?
As you are coming from outside the EU you can bring:
This can be split:
You can split this allowance - so you could bring in 100 cigarettes and 25 cigars (both half of your allowance).
You have to pay Customs Duty on anything over your allowance.
The rate is:
is 2.5% for goods worth up to £630
depends on the type of goods if they’re worth more than £630 - check by calling the VAT, Customs and Excise Helpline.
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Note that these countries are not part of the EU and outside EU rules should be followed:
The Canary Islands, the north of Cyprus, Gibraltar and the Channel Islands are not part of the EU for customs purposes - follow the rules for countries outside the EU instead.
You can bring:
If a customs officer thinks you are bringing goods into sell he might stop you and ask:
the type and quantity of goods you’ve bought
why you bought them
how you paid for them
how often you travel
how much you normally smoke or drink
If you don’t give convincing answers the goods could be seized.
The tobacco duty-free allowance for those aged 17+ is one from the following:
You can split this allowance - so you could bring in 100 cigarettes and 25 cigars (both half of your allowance). If you exceed the limit you will have to pay the relevant excise duty eg 16.5% of the retail price plus £4.57 on a packet of 20 cigarettes https://www.gov.uk/duty-free-goods/arrivals-from-outside-the-eu
The penalty for contravening the rules is £250-£1000 per contravention; it is discretionary depending on the gravity/frequency of the irregularity and whether previous warnings without penalty have been given. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/excise-notice-301-civil-penalties-for-contraventions-of-customs-law/excise-notice-301-civil-penalties-for-contraventions-of-customs-law