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No more duty free allowance for crew into the UAE

Old 4th Jan 2018, 20:18
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Originally Posted by Townie View Post
What about on the freighter where you walk through duty free on arrivals, or other airlines who exit via the terminal at dxb? Is it a ban on duty free from abroad, or duty free period?

I suspect the former, as the shop is still open at arrivals in EGHQ, and the press release says "any purchases abroad...." If it's ok to buy from DDF then the hypocrisy is clear to see.

Maybe someone will correct me, as I don't buy anything in the HQ arrivals shop. Are the cigarettes/perfumes duty free in there? Are they just concerned for our livers, but could care less about the lungs? For sure the DDF shop on exit at DWC is the real deal.
This is for crew arriving at EGHQ. Your family can fly in, with you as a pax, clean out the main duty free @ 5 bottles per person and nothing will happen.

Any goods you buy in the duty free shop at crew arrivals will also be subject to fees. That shop will probably close within a few months if the customs officers stay on top of us.

I will be testing out goods upon arrival tomorrow, but even if stopped and forced to pay, I will still be better off by 25-30%.

Also, if you are not buying your Apple products at computer plaza in Bur Dubai, you are paying too much.
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Old 5th Jan 2018, 02:46
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If you buy anything in UAE you are paying too much
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Old 7th Jan 2018, 21:44
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Originally Posted by sealear View Post
If you buy anything in UAE you are paying too much
Ha!! Truth.

I did speak with a CA friend of min down the road about 45 min. They do NOT have an alcohol restriction. They were made aware of the possible money owed on items, but no new restriction on what they could bring in.

2 days ago, I did come though untouched with a new 600aed helmet in my checked bag.
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Old 8th Jan 2018, 00:37
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Originally Posted by sealear View Post
If you buy anything in UAE you are paying too much
Thats a pretty good rule of thumb, I followed it for many years
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Old 8th Jan 2018, 01:00
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Originally Posted by pilotguy1222
I did speak with a CA friend of min down the road about 45 min. They do NOT have an alcohol restriction.
Probably because that's Abu Dhabi and not Dubai Barring whether or not the missive came at EK's request I think you'll find that the key words are DUBAI CUSTOMS...
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Old 8th Jan 2018, 18:35
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I checked with my brother, a 777 FO with BA and they have been told that the restriction applies to them as well.
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Old 9th Jan 2018, 19:39
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Can anyone advise if it applies to foreign crew purchasing alcohol at the in-bound duty free shops?
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Old 10th Jan 2018, 07:14
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Got through on the 1st with some Whiskey. No such luck this morning. They confiscate your stuff and have you sign a receipt...FYI.
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Old 10th Jan 2018, 10:54
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Probably ends up on the shelf at MMI
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Old 10th Jan 2018, 12:07
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Sorry guys but rumour not quite true....Seems it came from a jealous SVP Cabin Crew and the question was asked how he managed to get it written on the Customs letterhead. Came back this morning and all the crew had bought groceries in defiance and had their till slips at the ready but not one was stopped on any flight going through security... And it was manic!
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Old 10th Jan 2018, 13:32
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Seems the latest missive from AAR is the start of the saving face... Expect Customs to not give a monkeys in a week

inshallah

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Old 10th Jan 2018, 13:32
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So I just read that our esteemed and most eminent leader has said we CAN, as operating crew, now bring in cigarettes and alcohol, subject to duty and 5% VAT.

What to make of this? Victory or a compromise?
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Old 10th Jan 2018, 13:43
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Originally Posted by TooLow View Post
So I just read that our esteemed and most eminent leader has said we CAN, as operating crew, now bring in cigarettes and alcohol, subject to duty and 5% VAT.

What to make of this? Victory or a compromise?
it's definitely not a victory. not for us anyway.
it's a different application of the same rule.
AAR simply states that we are NOT allowed the duty free allowance of 4 litres of alcoholic beverages and cigarettes and everything else....
only difference is that instead of having the merchandise confiscated we will have to pay custom duty and VAT.
now the question is:
how much is the custom duty on these items?

Last edited by KippaLippa; 10th Jan 2018 at 13:46. Reason: completeness of answer
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Old 10th Jan 2018, 14:00
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custom duty and VAT

and here is the answer:
FAQs from the Dubai customs website...

​"What is the rate of Customs duty in Dubai?
​Five per cent of the value in CIF (Cost Freight Insurance) terms except for alcohol and cigarettes. 50% Duty payable for alcohol while 100% for cigarettes."

which means that what Mr AAR is saying is:
"yes you can now bring alcoholic beverages when operating.... but you will want to.
And if you will, we will make an horrendous amount of money on you."
He also wanted to add "hehehe" but couldn't due to his position in the airline management

regards,
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Old 10th Jan 2018, 17:29
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He also wanted to add "hehehe" but couldn't due to his position in the airline management
Nice one
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Old 11th Jan 2018, 02:22
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Hahaha. It gets better every day. I eagerly await the next spectacle each time I arrive back in dxb.
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Old 11th Jan 2018, 05:21
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So if I buy a couple of bottles in a supermarket ( NOT DUTY FREE ) downroute, CDG, LHR AMS for example and have already paid that countrys tax, vat etc.... will my purchases still be liable for the additional DXB tax ?
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Old 11th Jan 2018, 05:49
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Every crewmember's bag being opened and checked at arrivals this morning. Queue back to the eGates.
Duty and VAT has to be paid on alcohol and cigarettes...plus the 75 AED "documentation" fee.
The best bit...the money can only be paid in Terminal 3, so purchases are taken off you and you must go to T3 to pay and retrieve them.
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Old 11th Jan 2018, 06:07
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Long wait after long flight. This is the kind of crap that makes me lose my cool. I’m sure I’ll mouth off to the customs and probably get fired. Who cares now anyway. Big trouble ahead when you need to pilfer from your hard working staff.
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Old 11th Jan 2018, 08:03
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Originally Posted by Big Enos Burdette View Post
Every crewmember's bag being opened and checked at arrivals this morning. Queue back to the eGates.
Duty and VAT has to be paid on alcohol and cigarettes...plus the 75 AED "documentation" fee.
The best bit...the money can only be paid in Terminal 3, so purchases are taken off you and you must go to T3 to pay and retrieve them.
What is wrong with the Xray machines to check the bags? Or are they just trying to really make people angry?
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