People still think these guidelines are allowances and limits ... THEY ARE NOT!
Currently the guidelines are 3kg of tobacco and 3200 cigarettes but soon they will change to 1kg of tobacco and 800 cigarettes. The changes are to come into effect in the autumn of this year but no specific date has been given. Regular Tripper said the UKBA at Dover had told the driver of the coach the new guidlenes were to implemented in July. Yet l was talking to UKBA/HMRC last Friday and they said it was under review and no date had been set.
Now it would not surprise me at all if Dover were already using the new guidelines (albeit unofficially) to harass and rob cross-border shoppers of their legally goods. Their reputation as nasty,evil, lying, intimidating, robbing, and power mad at Dover is well documented by their victims. Dover is closely followed by Glasgow Airport.
So what effect do these new guidelines actually have on your right to buy as much tobacco/cigarettes for your personal use? The answer is NOTHING! ... that's right ... NOTHING!
We were bringing in our tobacco/cigarettes when these guidelines of 800 and 1kg were in force before they changed them to 3200 cigarettes and 3kg of tobacco in 2002. We haven't changed our shopping habits regardless of how the guidelines have changed for 20 years ...and we've always been above the guidelines ... well above.
GUIDELINES are only GUIDELINES! .... NOT LIMITS! .... PERIOD!
Now UKBA will use these lower guidelines to harass and intimidate and rob more cross-border shoppers of their legally bought tobacco/cigarettes and vehicles. The only way they can do this is if you go cross-border shopping unprepared. There's enough info on here to tell you how to prepare ... especially the SOT (Statement of Truth) along with the rest of the advise at the top of the page. Use it and tell your friends/colleagues to use it if they are going cross-border shopping, if unsure about anything ... contact us!
Thanks again to those who sent me a text. Oh, and to the guy who said he goes to Spain to buy his cigarettes ... go to Poland or Bulgaria instead .... 45% cheaper there!