After the New Year, it will no longer be possible to replace the tobacco quota with alcohol.
The quota for what can be brought to Norway without telling is changed in line with the Støre government’s proposal in the state budget.
This means that from the new year onwards, the change introduced by the Solberg government in 2014 will be reversed.
Thus, it is no longer possible to exchange the quota for tobacco products in wine or beer.
The quota without tobacco will now be the same as the current quota with tobacco.
The change includes both the tax-free quota, ie goods purchased duty-free on planes, airports and ferries, and the quota for duty-free import after trade abroad.
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Maximum four bottles of wine
The new quota options look like this:
- 1 liter of liquor + 1.5 liters of wine (2 bottles) + 2 liters of beer (a small sixpack)
- 3 liters of wine (4 bottles) + 2 liters of beer
- 5 liters of beer (15 small cans)
- 1 liter of liquor and 3.5 liters of beer (10 small cans)
In addition, there is the tobacco quota, which does not change. The options are now as follows:
- 200 pieces of cigarettes + 200 pieces of cigarette paper and sleeves
- 250 grams of other tobacco (such as snuff) + 200 pieces of cigarette paper and sleeves
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Six bottles of wine now
Today’s quotas, if you do not include tobacco, are as follows:
- 1 liter of liquor + 3 liters of wine (4 bottles) + 2 liters of beer (a small sixpack)
- 4.5 liters of wine (6 bottles) + 2 liters of beer
- 4.5 liters of wine
- 6.5 liters of beer (19 small cans)
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Will give more in the treasury
The change is a result of a so-called request decision from 2017.
The Storting then asked the government to “consider a reversal of the latest change in the tax-free quota based on an evaluation of how the quota affects Vinmonopolet’s sales and position as one of the most important alcohol policy instruments.”
The government estimates “on an uncertain basis” that the change will lead to approximately NOK 110 million extra in the treasury next year. This is as a result of increased sales at Vinmonopolet.
In addition to this benefit, the government points out in the state budget that the tax-free scheme has adverse climate effects in that it stimulates more travel, plus it has adverse distributional effects.
NIPH has found that the groups that buy the most alcohol at duty-free sales at airports are the ones that travel the most. That is, middle-aged men with high education and high income, typically living in Oslo and Akershus.