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22-8-2016 12:28 pm  #1

Where in law does it specify unlimited amounts?

Probably the most frequent question I am asked.

Where in law does it state that I can bring back unlimited amounts of goods for own use? 

As far as I am aware it doesn't. That is to say I don't think you will find that statement anywhere in the law relating to personal imports. What the law does refer to though is the free movement of goods in the internal market (EU).

It states there must be no quantitive restrictions or (in simple terms) extra tax payable. The basis for this is the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) Article 28 and so on. There are no limits stated for the free movement of goods so by implication that means unlimited.

If you are preparing a case for court I would use Customs Notice 1 as a form of evidence. It is not verbatim law but is issued by HM Gov Border Force as an official notice and therefore should be acceptable as evidence. 

It says:-

You can bring an unlimited amount of most goods into the UK, for example, you can bring in any alcohol, tobacco, meat and dairy products – as long as they are for your own use and transported by you. ‘Own use’ means for your own consumption or gifts.

Travelling within the EU of course.

If anyone knows of any laws or legal text which refers to unlimited amounts then please quote the relevant law and the actual text below.


Please ensure you do not divulge any information which could identify you as Border Force will use your posts here as evidence against you in court.


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