You have to go through Customs if you arrive in the UK after travelling from or through a country that is not in EU.
You must declare:
• any goods over the allowance listed in 'The Customs allowance' that you have bought in a country that is not in EU
• any prohibited or restricted goods (see 'Prohibited and restricted goods from outside the EU
• any commercial goods (see 'All other goods')
If you have something to declare, go to the red point or into the red channel.
Only go through the green (nothing to declare) channel if you are sure that you have no more than the Customs allowance and no prohibited, restricted, or commercial goods. If you arrive by air and are transferring to a flight to another EU country, you do not collect your hold baggage until you reach your final destination. At the transfer point, you only have to declare goods in your cabin baggage. At your final destination, you must declare goods in your hold baggage. This is usually the same if you are transferring to a UK domestic flight, but in some cases Customs must clear both your cabin baggage and your hold baggage at the transfer airport.
You may be arriving with goods for your personal use that you have bought and pay duty and tax on in another EU country. You will not have to pay any more duty or tax as long as you can show, if Customs ask you to, that you have paid duty and tax (by
producing the receipt, for example) and that the goods are for your personal use.
The Customs allowance
For travellers arriving from outside EU
-200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250 g of tobacco
-2 litres of still table wine
-1 litre of spirits or strong liqueurs over 22% volume or
-1 litres of fortified wine, sparkling wine, r other liqueurs
-60 cc/ml of perfume 250 cc/ml of toilet water
-136 pounds worth of all other goods including gifts and souvenirs
PEOPLE UNDER 17 CANNOT HAVE THE TOBACCO OR ALCOHOL ALLOWANCE
All other goods
If you bring something in worth more than the limit of 136 pounds, you will have to pay charges on the full value, not just on the value above 136 pounds.
If you are travelling as a family or group, you cannot pool your individual allowances towards an item worth more than the limit. You will have to pay charges on the full value of the item.
Prohibited and restricted goods from outside the EU
Certain goods are prohibited or restrict- ted to protect health and the environment. We cannot list all the goods involved but we have listed some of them below.
Prohibited goods (e.g. goods which are banned completely): Unlicensed drugs, such as heroin, morphine, cocaine, cannabis, amphetamines, barbiturates, and LSD. Offensive weapons, such as flick-knives, swordsticks, knuckledusters, and some material arts equipment. Obscene material, and indecent and obscene material featuring children, such as books, magazines, films, videotapes, laser discs, and computer software. Counterfeit and copied goods such as watches, clothes, and CDs, also any goods with false marks of their origin.
Restricted soods (e.g. goods which you cannot import without authority such as a licence):
Firearms, explosives, and ammunition, including electric shock devices (such as stun guns) and gas canisters. Dogs, cats, and other animals, including rabbits, mice, rats, and gerbils. You must not bring these in unless you have a British import (rabies) licence. Live birds, including family pets, unless they are covered by a British health import licence.
Endangered species, including birds and plants, whether alive or dead, also such things as fur, ivory, or leather (or goods made from them) that have been taken from endangered species. Meat, poultry, and most of their products including bacon, ham, sausages, pate, eggs, milk, and cream. But you are allowed 1 kg of meat per person as long as it is cooked and in airtight containers. Certain plants and their produce. These include trees, shrubs, potatoes, certain fruit, bulbs, and seeds. Radio transmitters such as CB radios that are not approved for use in the UK.
2. Look at the list of items in the table. Discuss which of them you think travellers are allowed to bring into the countries indicated.
Fill in the first two columns. P = permittedX = completely bannedR = restricted
all countries your country the UK (see text)
A small handgun with ammunition A family pet (a cat)
An antique pistol (not functioning) A box of 200 cigarettes
A pornographic magazine/video A kitchen knife
A salami sausage (weight = 2 kg)
Two litres of vodka A kilo of fresh oranges
A souvenir painting (worth 400 pounds) A CB radio
3. Imagine you are a UK Customs Officer. How would you answer these questions?
1. You are arriving in the UK from Copenhagen. You have 75 cigars which you bought at a shop in the city. Will you have to pay duty?
1.You are flying from Milan to Birmingham. You want to buy perfume without paying duty. How much can you buy at the duty-free shop at Milan airport?
2.You are arriving in the UK from Montevideo, where you live. How many duty-free cigarettes can you bring in?
3.You are going to fly from Marseilles to London. You want to buy some Sauterne (white wine) at a shop in Marseilles before you go to the airport. How much can you take to London duty-free?
4.You are going to London for three weeks. Will you have to pay duty on your camera? Why?
5.You and your family (2 adults and two teenagers of 16 and 18) are going to travel from Moscow to Liverpool to visit friends. How much tobacco, perfume and spirits are you allowed to bring in?
6.Which of the two channels would you go through, if you travel from Madrid to London and have ten packs of cigarettes, three bottles of champagne and 70 grammes of perfume?
4. Think about your country again and prepare the following information.
1.Tell other class members what they can and cannot bring into the country.
2.Give advice on useful items that they should bring in (e.g., in Britain an umbrella is often a good idea!).
3.Suggest ideas for presents to take home from your country.
5. Have you ever travelled to a country where you needed a visa? How did you apply for it? Why do some countries require visas? Have you ever been to the United States? Did you need a visa?