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Australian Duty Free Allowances, Concessions & Information Australia

July 16, 2013, 12:19 pmYahoo!7

Been on a big overseas shopping trip? Have you needed to purchase another suitcase to fit it all in? Then you need to be aware that duty-free concessions in Australia are different to other countries.

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Been on a big overseas shopping trip? Have you needed to purchase another suitcase to fit it all in? Then you need to be aware that duty-free concessions in Australia are different to other countries.

Personal goods are free from duty and tax if they are:

* owned and used by you overseas for 12 months or more

* imported temporarily (a security may be required by Customs)

Most personal items such as new clothing, footwear, and articles for personal hygiene and grooming (excluding fur and perfume concentrates) may be brought into Australia in your accompanied baggage, free from duty and tax.

For other goods, limits apply. These include goods that are purchased overseas and goods that are purchased in Australia duty or tax free (that have been previously exported), or from an inwards duty free shop on arrival into Australia. Also included are goods for which a TRS claim has been made. Duty free concessions do not apply to commercial goods.

General goods

If you are aged 18 years or over, you can bring up to A$900 worth of general goods into Australia duty-free. If you are under 18 years of age there is a A$450 limit. General goods include gifts, souvenirs, cameras, electronic equipment, leather goods, perfume concentrates, jewellery, watches and sporting equipment.

Alcohol

If you are aged 18 years or over, you can bring 2.25 litres of alcohol duty-free into Australia with you. All alcohol in accompanied baggage is included in this category, regardless of where or how it was purchased. Aviation security regulations may restrict the volume of liquids that you can bring into Australia as hand luggage. As an alternative, duty-free alcoholic beverages can be purchased in an airport duty-free shop on arrival in Australia.

Tobacco


If you are aged 18 years or over you can bring 50 cigarettes or 50 grams of cigars or tobacco products duty-free into Australia with you. All tobacco products in accompanied baggage are included in this category, regardless of how or where they were purchased.

Families travelling together can pool their duty-free concessions.

Be aware that if you exceed Australia's duty-free concession limits you will be charged duty and tax on all items of that type (general goods, alcohol or tobacco), not just items which exceed the limits. Failure to declare goods in excess of your concession could result in the application of penalties.

The above information is correct as of July 2013.

For up-to-date info about restrictions, visit http://travelsecure.infrastructure.gov.au/

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  1. Maria12:53pm Tuesday 13th August 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    to many cigaretts here in australia you don't need bring to many pack of cigaretts lol!

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  2. Maria12:50pm Tuesday 13th August 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    They strict in the costom. in australia because to many people around australia have a lung cancer even the children. the goverment here in australia concern about the physical health. especialy the kids. if they smell the smoking in the wind. join to the club to have ashma like me. im suppering if someone smoking in the train station or bus my ashma attack me!

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  3. Maria12:04pm Tuesday 13th August 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    I Like the Golden Beach, Sunshine coast QLD you have a great place to go if you want to feel peace quite time the place makes you feel better and relax accomodation, places the best for family vacation :)

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  4. peter p08:12pm Wednesday 13th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    My wife came to Australia in September 2012 and bought in 3 packs of 20 cigs and they took away 1 pack from her said the limit is now 50 cigs.

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  5. ...05:15am Wednesday 16th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Yes, the info shown above is incorrect. 50 Cigarettes only since October 2012. The '100ml only' for carry-on & duty free was supposed to have been dropped by now, but there is still money to be made. The ruling does appear to vary depending on WHERE you are buying. Bangkok is NO, Singapore is YES - but they will bag it & give it to you when you board. Cheaper still is to buy it in town & put it in your check-in bag - just remember to declare it in Australia.

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  6. Roy04:25pm Thursday 29th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    May 2010 bit late

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  7. tony01:01am Tuesday 06th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    i was told only 50 cigaretts not 250 was allowed into australia duty free what is correct?

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  8. kim07:07pm Monday 05th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Look at the date. Yes it did about 1 month ago. Poooooooor jounalism

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  9. Val Smith12:50pm Wednesday 01st August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I thought the duty free allowances for alchohol & tobacco changed in the last budget, can anyone clarify that please.

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