HK cuts duty-free tobacco allowance to 19 cigarettes

Updated: 2010-07-27 22:23
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HONG KONG - The tobacco allowance for incoming passengers will be tightened to 19 cigarettes, or 25 grams of cigar or 25 grams of other manufactured tobacco from August 1, as the Customs and Excise Department of Hong Kong reminded the public on Tuesday.

A spokesperson said passengers exceeding these quantities must make a declaration to customs officers or face two-years' jail and the fine up to 1 million HK dollars (US$128,766).

The move will be promoted via television and radio announcements, and leaflets, posters and banners at control points and cross-boundary transportation facilities.