Personal Alcohol and Tobacco Limits

What can you bring back from France?

Since the abolition of Duty Free, in theory you can bring back unlimited amounts of alcohol. In practice, this is not so.

Customs have built in some guidelines as to how you may interpret the words ‘for personal use’. They are clear in that your purchases must be ‘for your own consumption or gifts.’ If your interpretation is different you may well be stopped and the goods seized. For instance, a lorry load of beer stacked to the brim would look a little suspicious. The idea is to stop bootleggers and tax and duty evaders.

Advisory Customs & Excise Limits

Beer 110 litres
Wine 90 litres (must not include more than 60 litres of sparkling wine)
Spirits 10 litres
Port & Sherry 20 litres
Cigarettes 800
Cigars 200
Cigarillos 400
Tobacco 1 Kilo

Customs and Excise website