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Now that France is open easily from the UK has anyone had any problems at the inbound Borders carrying food and drink that may/or maybe not banned?

Be interesting to know as it is quite important to save a lot of hassle and wasted stuff having to be put in the bin on arrival.

We had a talk by Border Force in Guernsey last week which was very interesting and they say that DEFRA are bringing out a list of foods that will be able to be either imported/or exported legally in about 6 weeks time.

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Great question to ask.

I opened this thread intending to ask folks to report back here of their experiences at customs.

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My daughter, in a car, sailed through St Malo last week with quite a lot of items that probably should not have been taken, she said she was “terrified” that all would be found, particularly during a detailed security search at
Portsmouth.

She was dreading being told to open the boot as she had four bikes on a rack stopping such an act and she cannot load or unload the rack……. They did get her to open the bonnet to check all OK under there, even that was a challenge as she has only had the car a couple of weeks and has not had to do such a thing so far…….
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Now that France is open easily from the UK has anyone had any problems at the inbound Borders carrying food and drink that may/or maybe not banned?

Be interesting to know as it is quite important to save a lot of hassle and wasted stuff having to be put in the bin on arrival.

We had a talk by Border Force in Guernsey last week which was very interesting and they say that DEFRA are bringing out a list of foods that will be able to be either imported/or exported legally in about 6 weeks time.

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6 weeks time is when the UK finally introduces its post brexit trade border regime up to now we have imposed no controls. The EU introduced theirs on the 1st of Jan the day after we left the EU. We were not ready to introduce border control for trade so put it off till Oct.

Can't see many problems for us travelling UK to France maybe on the return journey, further complications across the Irish Sea though methinks
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I am more interested in getting stopped on the way out with the new rules on foodstuffs being carried.

The only thing we bring back with us when we go to Spain each winter, is around a dozen bottles of gin. Its so cheap out there (c. 5€ a litre) so we try and bring a years supply back for Mrs GMJ.

I wonder how much duty we'll have to pay on that and whether it will be worth it still.

Does anyone know how they calculate duty, excise etc?
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If they find it about 70%.

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70% of the purchase price?

If so then still worth getting a load as that's only another 3.50€ or so....

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I guess so G. So keep the receipts handy.
I had some liquors confiscated entering the states from Mexico because I didn't declare due to a misunderstanding. Would not allow me to pay the duty.

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70% of the purchase price?

If so then still worth getting a load as that's only another 3.50€ or so....
I believe that excess above your allowance, if declared, is the same as UK duty rates
If you did declare the excess spirit "You pay £28.74 of Spirit Duty per litre of pure alcohol."
Example:
"The Spirit Duty you pay on a 1 litre bottle of 40% ABV vodka is 40% of £28.74, or £11.50."
https://www.gov.uk/tax-on-shopping/alcohol-tobacco
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Also of interest is if you were to say buy a shirt or dress made in France from a French shop or any other Euroland then no problem but if you buy a article made in say India from a French shop you will pay 12% duty now even if it is part of your £390 allowance.

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