Cigarettes from France

    I intend doing some research on the net but I know that you lot are a font of all knowledge. I have been watching Customes UK on Sky and there seems to be a difference of opinion of what is acceptable.

    I would like to know what is the maximum numbers of cigarettes and tobacco permissable.


    3200 cigs & 3 kilo's of tobacco mate.

    Here's the important bit off the C & E site :

    Alcohol or tobacco
    If you are bringing in alcohol or tobacco goods and we have reason to suspect they may be for a commercial purpose, a Customs officer may ask you questions and make checks, for example about:

    the type and quantity of goods you have bought
    why you bought them
    how you paid for them
    whether all your goods are openly displayed or concealed
    how often you travel
    how much you normally smoke or drink or
    any other relevant circumstances.
    You are particularly likely to be asked questions if you have more than:

    3200 cigarettes, 200 cigars, 400 cigarillos, 3kg tobacco, 110 litres of beer, 90 litres of wine, 10 litres of spirits, 20 litres of fortified wine (such as port or sherry).

    The officer will take into account all the factors of the situation and your explanation.

    If we are satisfied that the goods are for a commercial purpose we may seize them and any vehicle used to transport them, and may not return them to you.

    If you are caught selling alcohol or tobacco goods they may be seized, and for a serious offence you could get up to seven years in prison.

    The country where you buy tobacco goods may have its own laws on how much you can buy or have in your possession, and what documents you need. If in doubt, check with that country’s authorities before you buy.

    If you let a coach, ferry or aircraft store your goods while travelling back to the UK you must make sure when you arrive in the UK that you collect the exact goods you bought.

    From some EU countries there are limits on the amount of tobacco products you can bring back without paying UK duty.

    From ESTONIA - 200 cigarettes or 250g of smoking tobacco*


    *No limit on other tobacco products as long as they are for your own use.

    If you have tobacco products over these limits you should speak to a Customs officer in the red channel or on the red point phone.

    Original Poster

    It is for personal use; but we are not able to get across to France that often and wanted to make sure that we get are full entitlement. Many thanks for the info.

    Not sure if you have been before but a good tip is to go up to Adinkerke just inside the Belgium border where tobacco products are much cjheaper than they are in France. [url][/url] has all the details

    Hi, great site for the lowdown on all this tobacco malarky, is there anywhere cheaper than spain for Lambert and Butler? 29.50 euro's for 200


    cheapest place in the EU is latvia at £5 for 200 cigs. you'd get about 15 in the UK for a fiver lol

    bout tree-fiddy?

    (Can't believe he's not been on here already)
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