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From the media release on guestlogix.com: The airline onboard retail industry has been growing annually at an average rate of 12.9% since 2012, and totaled more than $5 billion in sales in 2014... Basically, it works, and makes the airlines more money. If it didn't, the airlines wouldn't do it (sidenote: Qantas is going to stop doing it this month). ...


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The laws around duty-free require that you not consume duty free merchandise in the country you're buying them in. If they just handed you the bag, you could then exit the terminal and go home, evading paying duty; people would buy cheap tickets for planes they had no intention of boarding, just to get a shopping discount. By holding the merchandise until ...


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For busy executives (and other travellers) who would like to bring back a gift or present, this is heaven-sent. Also, some airlines offer exclusive items you simply cannot buy anywhere else. And it's more popular than you might think. On a recent British Airways flight out of London, my wife was disappointed when she could not purchase a certain kind of ...


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As other answers have pointed out, the mere fact that airlines still do it proves that it earns them money. But why would it make money even if most people don’t buy? You have very good conditions inside an aeroplane for perfect marketing leaving the customer at a severe disadvantage. I’ll admit that they are getting worse, especially if more airlines and ...


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To answer your question (and also limit the answer to entering Norway), Norwegian custom rules only allow you to make use of the duty free allowance once every 24 hour. Quoting from Norwegian Custom's information page on the duty free allowance: Hvis du er i utlandet kortere enn ett døgn: Ved utenlandsopphold på mindre enn ett døgn kan du én gang i ...


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The crew come through with a trolley of merchandise - that nobody buys. I did a quick price comparison for alcohol - I live in a locale whose sin taxes are among the top 10 in the world - in the following places: In flight shopping Airport duty-free shop Local store And surprise, the in flight option was the cheapest, followed by the duty-free shop! ...


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When boarding the plane there were several others who had to pick up their sealed duty free bags (why sealed?) so it wasn't just me. No explanation was given. This is an "Official Security Bag" for duty-free purchases. From the CATSA (Canadian airport screening authority) webpage on Duty-free Purchases as Carry-on Baggage: These are sealed clear ...


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This answer only applies to the UK. tl;dr: only sometimes.  Purchasing items from export shops (formerly ‘duty free shops’). You are legally required to present your boarding pass to export shops, but most airport shops are not export shops. An export shop is a shop inside an airport that sells primarily alcohol and tobacco predominantly to passengers ...


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Beyond that specific case, there are a number of rules that can be used to make sure duty-free allowances are difficult to abuse (not all of them might apply to any one country and some might be difficult to enforce): Time-based limit as already mentioned by others. Alternatively, the allowance can also be limited to one use "per trip" (the end of the trip ...


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I really like Mark's answer. And while certain passengers may not find value in airline shopping the fact that it is profitable for the airline should make us all happy. As long as such profit centers exist, it makes flying cheaper for the rest of us. I've not been exposed to the "trolley", but have flipped through the magazine as I was bored. Keep in ...


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The problem is not so much what they let you buy, but rather what they let you bring into the country without paying taxes. Whether you did pay taxes or not in the origin country is not relevant, the only thing that matters to them is if you paid taxes in India. The limit of alcohol you can bring into India without paying taxes on arrival is 2 litres. As ...


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Don’t remember the exact layout in Sydney, but in most airports (if not all), you can’t get to the duty-free shops without going through immigration (where applicable) and security, which you generally won’t be able to do without a boarding pass for a flight. The shop will also often require to see the boarding pass, and in some places will make a ...


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You will be able to access shops in domestic area of LED, but not Duty Free ones. You will only have access to domestic departures area in St. Petersburg airport. Of course, flight from LED to OVB is domestic. Then in Novosibirsk you will transfer to International waiting area with possibility of Duty Free shopping.


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Because you don't land at the right airports. Several British airports have Duty Free on arrival, certainly Heathrow from my personal experience and I believe Manchester. I've heard of others. There is a legal issue there. Duty free shops are usually allowed to not charge duty on the assumption that the purchases will be exported. It's one reason the ...


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While I never tried to bring alcohol to Australia from Hong Kong personally, there are plenty of reports saying it's not possible. I have never seen the required duty-free sealed packages in Hong Kong on the airport. Both this report from 2012 and this one here from last year say that it's impossible. Also this here from August this year confirms that. I ...


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I am not a lawyer, but from looking at the instructions to travelers by the Canadian Government, as well as from my personal experience, it seems that the following should work: You are allowed to bring items with you for your personal use when you enter Canada from the outside. This includes, for example, a laptop, or jewelry. Thus, you should not even ...


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When you don't have time to buy the items that you want at the duty free, this is very helpful. Last summer I went to Japan with my girlfriend, and she wanted to buy cigarettes at the duty free during the transfer. We didn't have enough time since we only had 45 minutes between the first and second plane, so she bought her cigarettes during the second ...


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As HMG's page on the subject says: Your duty-free allowance means you can bring in a certain amount of goods for your own use from outside the European Union (EU) without paying duty or tax. When you’re bringing in goods you must: transport them yourself use them yourself or give them away as a gift So these are the rules that cover bringing in gifts for ...


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It really depends on the shop location and airport layout. If the duty-free shop is only in the international departures zone then they probably don't set up a tax-in/tax-out process in their cash register. Therefore they have no process to sell with tax. If the shop is in a mixed departures zone or public space then they have a gate delivery process and ...


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If you bought your girlfriend jewelry while she was living abroad, then it is her personal possession. If she comes to the US for a visit she is permitted to bring them with her, just as if she had bought them herself, as long as she intends to take them home with her again. There is no limit on the value, or at least if there is it is well above $10K. The ...


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No in Great Britain (England, Scotland, and Wales) and ‘maybe’ in Northern Ireland. You can only buy tax-free goods from shops in Great Britain if they’re delivered straight to an address outside the UK. Check with the retailer if they offer this service. You may be able to buy tax-free goods from some shops when you visit Northern Ireland. You claim your ...


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This is actually two questions: is the airport duty free a cheaper way to buy something in country X than other stores in country X? is the airport duty free a cheaper way to buy something than buying it at home? When I bring wine or rum into Canada, Canadian customs doesn't care whether I bought it a duty free or not. So if prices or selections are better ...


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You have two options: contact World Duty Free, as @JoErNanO indicated in his comment, or contact Heathrow Airport directly. Heathrow Airport has a section dealing with media and filming: http://mediacentre.heathrow.com/filming_permits - while main focus is on news filming, from that page you can deduce that they entertain non-news filming and photography as ...


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Yes, you can do this. I do this every time from AMS when connecting to the USA or Asia through another EU airport (CPH mostly in my case, though I've done it through LHR too). As long as you show them your boarding pass for the non-EU leg and explain you're connecting, you should have no problems.


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I fear the bonus points may not be achievable. All the signs are that, basically, the allowance is whatever you want it to be, in practice. There is clearly no way whether 70cl or 1L each is going to make any difference: Responses to a question on Colombia Connections about what the dollar allowance is for US purchases brought to Colombia before you have ...


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