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For day trippers, shoppers and visitors to Luxembourg, looking for tobacco shops – wanting to save money when buying wine, beer, tobacco and food.

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Tobacco in Luxembourg

NEW from 1st October 2011. TOBACCO guidelines for personal use – 800 cigarettes (was 3,200), 200 cigars, 400 cigarillos, 1 Kg smoking tobacco (was 3 Kg).

December 2014 – A tax increase on Golden Virginia sees prices in Belgium go up to £5.65 (7.40 euro).

September 2014 – A tax increase on Golden Virginia sees prices in Belgium go up to £5.30 (7.00 euro).

July 2014 – A better exchange rate sees prices drop in Belgium and Luxembourg for sterling buyers. Golden Virginia now costs £5.08 a pack (6.60 euro) in Luxembourg. Benson & Hedges Gold now costs £3.90 (5.00 euro) a pack of 20. In Belgium Golden Virginia now costs £5.20 a pack (6.80 euro). Benson & Hedges Gold now costs £4.50 (5.70 euro). In the U.K. GV costs £17.48, Benson and Hedges Gold now costs £8.53.

May 2014 – Golden Virginia now costs £5.35 a pack (6.80 euro) in Luxembourg. Benson & Hedges Gold now costs £3.87 (4.80 euro) a pack of 20. Tax increases in Belgium mean that Golden Virginia now costs £5.45 a pack (6.80 euro). Benson & Hedges Gold now costs £4.50 (5.70 euro). In the U.K. GV costs £17.26, Benson and Hedges Gold now costs £8.87.

February 2014 – Golden Virginia now costs £5.35 a pack (6.80 euro) in Luxembourg. Benson & Hedges Gold now costs £3.87 (4.80 euro) a pack of 20. Tax increases in Belgium mean that Golden Virginia now costs £5.45 a pack (6.80 euro). A pack of Benson & Hedges Gold now costs £4.50 (5.70 euro). In the U.K. GV costs £16.92, Benson and Hedges Gold now costs £8.38.

In other words buy the guidelines (3Kg GV and 800 cigarettes) and save £874.60 in Luxembourg, £835.40 in Belgium, and £481.76 in France.

February 2012 – Fightback! Our friends at Smoking Hot continue with their great work. Why not print these leaflets and give them to fellow shoppers / leave them on the ferry etc?. nothing-2-declare.blogspot.com

We found it easier to download the pdf (opens up after download) – Back / Front.

April 2011 – We now know officially that Customs have imposed limits on the amounts of British tobacco that can be exported to E.U. countries. "The quota being supplied now is equal to what was sold to Belgium (and Luxembourg) in the period September 2009 and August 2010. The difference is that the quota is divided into equal monthly amounts. There is no distinction into seasonal rushes or quiet periods. According to Imperial, this quota remains for now under Custom's supervision and there is no room for growth." Smaller shops are complaining the bigger suppliers are not supplying them fairly, favouring the bigger shops. We are also getting complaints from shoppers that they are only being sold the popular brands if they buy other brands as well. This creates enormous difficulties for shoppers when dealing the HMRC / UKBA oppressors at Dover and Hull. We have finally aroused the interest of the Commission and will be persuing this case vigorously.

March 2011 – U.K. brands are being supplied again to Luxembourg shops.

October 2010 – Golden Virginia, remains in short supply in Luxembourg. Why is the supply restricted?

Compared to England, tobacco is cheaper in France (tobacco in France), even cheaper in Belgium and much cheaper in Luxembourg. After recent prices rises, prices in Spain are broadly the same as those in Luxembourg, a four hour drive from Calais. Increasingly, wines, beers and spirits are available at reasonable prices as well. Luxembourg has the lowest Excise duties and VAT rates in Europe.

Nearby are the factory shopping centres of Messancy, Metz and in Germany. Don't forget that Belgium has one of the highest concentrations of gourmet restaurants at some truly delightful locations in the world.

In Luxembourg you cannot get Berkeley, Haus Bergmann, Mayfair, and Sovereign.

If arriving by train or have taken a taxi From Hahn airport in Germany, there are many small tabac's near the main station.

August 2010 – Following a large Customs bust when a lorry carrying a huge quantity of Amber leaf bought in Luxembourg, was stopped at Dover, the tobacco companies have been prevailed upon to restrict the sale of English tobacco in Europe. Amber leaf is very difficult to get now. We are making representations to the E.U. about this as it is a clear breach of free trade and good swithin the E.U. Now they are requiring shops in Adinkerke to serve English shoppers with the suggested guidelines only (3000 cigarettes and 3 kg rolling tobacco).

May 2010 – In Luxembourg, Amber Leaf which was 3.30 is now 3.70 euro / Cutters choice was 3.30 now 4.00 euro / Domingo was 2.45 now 2.70 euro.

United Kingdom budget 2010 – Tobacco duty increased from 25th March by 1% above inflation and will then increase by 2% in real terms each year until 2014. www.direct.gov.uk

According to our calculations this means that a packet of cigarettes previously costing £5.60 will in 2014, after the last 2% increase cost 9.33% more in real terms or £6.12. Remember to add in the inflation increase automatically incurred every year.

July 2009 – Luxembourg prices offer good value. GV is £4.25, Cutters is £3.30 and Amber Leaf £3.20.

On average compared with the United Kingdom, cigarettes are now 48.66% cheaper in Belgium, rolling tobacco 73.93%, pipe tobacco 61.46% and cigars 63.81%.

Mug an old lady and keep your car, come back with more than 3,200 cigarettes and lose it – FAIR? More

TAKE CARE! – criminal gangs operate in France and Belgium targeting British cars. More

Golden Virginia now £5.08 a pack in Luxembourg (July 2014). Golden Virginia. Amber Leaf £4.87 a pack. Cutters Choice £4.67 a pack.

Looking for a coach company which goes to Luxembourg?

Warning! – shops often use a generous exchange rate when working out the Sterling CASH price, so do take plenty of sterling cash when buying tobacco to get the best prices. Whilst you can pay by credit card, bear in mind that the price that shows on your statement will be about 7% more than the sterling prices listed in the shop.

This web site is dedicated to the free movement of people and goods between European nations (whatever HM Revenue and Customs may wish, whose tactics, attitude, assumptions, threats, intimidation and behaviour we condem as illiberal, against the spirit of a National Treaty guaranteeing the free movement of goods and services between European States and against common sense).

route 66 tobacco luxembourg

Route 66 Tobacco in Luxembourg

Luxembourg Airlines

Weekend fares flying out Friday and coming back Monday can be quite cheap. www.luxair.lu

German Wings – fly to Cologne and hire a car to Luxembourg. www.germanwings.com

Holidays in Luxembourg. www.luxembourg.co.uk

School holiday in Luxembourg. www.myschool.lu

School holidays in Europe and Luxembourg. www.acl.lu

Tips

Fake cigarettes – always look for tar content i.e. nic: 1.0mg and tar: 12mg. Fakes don't have this information.

It's not just the British! We occasionally hear of the Belgium Douanier stopping shoppers with Luxembourg goods. Their favourite trick is to lie in wait at the Villens Service station at Houyet. We suggest you fill up in Luxembourg (where it is cheaper anyway) and don't stop.

We get quite a few e-mails about what you can safely bring back – see our message board for the great debate and other visitors tips.

Warning! – shops often use a generous exchange rate when working out the Sterling CASH price, so do take plenty of sterling cash when buying tobacco to get the best prices. Whilst you can pay by credit card, bear in mind that the price that shows on your statement will be about 7% more than the sterling prices listed in the shop.

CREDIT CARDS – we suggest you ring your credit card company before shopping in Europe – increased fraud means they are turning down shoppers cards if their spending deviates from the norm. Take your mobile – you can often sort the problem out over the phone.

Knock, Knock?

Believe it or not, but even if you are only slightly over the limit and they let you through, you may get a visit and house search afterwards by C and E. So much for civil liberties in a modern society.

Although HM Revenue and Customs suggested limit for personal consumption is now 800 cigarettes (was 3,200), this is a guideline only. Anyone smoking 30 cigarettes a day, buying 6 months supply would buy about 5,500 (is this unreasonable?). YES – you may have your car taken. How to avoid being tripped up by HM Revenue and Customs.

If you smoke or know a smoker why not buy your Xmas presents in Luxembourg? Remember you are giving these items as presents –

Never admit to taking money for them, even from your family

Prices in Luxembourg – tobacco price survey

Prices in Luxembourg are cheaper because they have low excise duties, their VAT rates are lower and shops often give discounts to shoppers.

Unavailable in Luxembourg

In Luxembourg you cannot get Berkeley and Sovereign.

If you know of any please let us know – e-mail us

Foot Passengers – click here for more information

Hotels in Luxembourg

Although there are few budget chains, we have found some reasonably priced hotels during our many stays there. Good value is the Motel Drive-in, off exit two just after you enter Luxembourg from Belgium. I paid 55 euro for a large room.

Motel Drive-in, 1-1A route d'Arlon. L-8310. Capellen. Luxembourg. Tel: 00352 30 91 53.

– Hotels near Charleroi in Belgium (useful halfway stopover)

Hotel Europea, Gare autoroutière, Rue de Wavrin 260. 7110 HOUDENG-GOEGNIES (LA LOUVIERE). Tel:0032 64 66 44 44. www.hotelscenter.be

Hotel Akena, Rue de l'Yser 260E. 7110 HOUDENG-GOEGNIES (LA LOUVIERE). Tel: 0032 64 66 44 44. www.akena.be

Business Appart, Rue de Wavrin. 7110 HOUDENG-GOEGNIES (LA LOUVIERE). Tel: 0032 64 664 444. www.hotelscenter.be

– Near Namur (about an hour from Luxembourg)

Best Western New Hotel de Lives ***, Ch. de Liege, 1178. B-5101. Namur. Tel: 0032 81 58 05 13. www.newhoteldelives.com

– Near Arlon (Belgium / Luxembourg border)

Best Western Hotel ARLON, E411 Luxembourg-Bruxelles/Liege Luxembourg. 6780 Messancy. book.bestwestern.com

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Tobacco shops in Luxembourg

For best prices pay in Sterling cash.

1 – route66 tobacco luxRoute 66 Tobacco. 3 – 5 Rue d'Arlon. L-8399 WINDHOF. LUXEMBOURG. Tel: 0035 2 26 30 50 25.

2 – Smokey's. Livange.

3 – Terzi (wholesaler) – 20 route d'Arlon. L-8008. Strassen. Tel: 0035 2 45 21 21. www.terzi.lu

GONE OUT OF BUSINESS

Euro Tabacs, 25 – 27 Z.I. Hirebesch, Capellen. L-8320. Luxembourg. Tel: 0035 2 26 31 13 05. SEPTEMBER 2010 – CLOSED.

Francar, Luxembourg SARL, 91, Porte de Lamadelaine. 4744. Petange.

EXIT-5 SARL, 486, Route de Longwy. L-1940. Luxembourg. October 2008.

Shopping in Luxembourg

A relatively wealthy country, there are many good quality shops in Luxembourg.

Luxembourg shopping website. www.goodidea.lu

factory shopping belgium – McArthurGlen Luxembourg (formerly known as Factory Shopping Belgium). Just outside Luxembourg near Arlon. www.mcarthurglenluxembourg.com

Petrol Station

Petrol is cheap in Luxembourg – we suggest you plan your stops so that you can fill up in Luxembourg. Petrol Price Survey

Getting there

If travelling by car, go via the A25 to Lille, follow the signs to Tournai, them Leige, then Arlon and Luxembourg. It is a 4 hour drive.

If you don't fancy a drive, Ryanair fly to Hahn in Germany from where you can take a coach to Luxembourg.

coach hahn airport – Hahn Airport to Luxembourg. www.flibco.com

Another way is to take the coach to Brussels with Eurolines (they drop you off at Brussels North Station). Funfares from £15 per person from London.

Then take the train to ARLON (if you catch the early morning Vauben Express you can smoke on the train IC 91 @ 07:42). Day/weekend return 20.20 euro per person. See SNCB website for fares and times.

belgium rail – Belgium Railways. www.b-rail.be

From there you will need to take a taxi to Route 66 at Windhaf. This costs about 40 euro.

Getting from Calais to Luxembourg by train

From Adinkerke you can get a 5 person ticket (day return) for just 55 euro (2008). Get on at De Panne (Adinkerke) and you can go all the way to Arlon on the Belgium/ Luxembourg border. If there are 4 or 5 of you, most of the shops will be prepared to send a taxi to pick you up.

Excise Rates

Luxembourg has lower excise duties on wine and champagne. Its beer and spirit rates are lower too. Whilst it is further to go, as this table shows, prices are very much cheaper in Luxembourg.

Why tobacco and alcohol are cheaper in Luxembourg, Belgium and France – European Excise rates 2012

Tobacco Excise duties (look at the "Cigarettes Excise Yield" chart)

Alcohol Excise Duties (look at the Still and Sparkling Wine charts)

Save in France or Belgium

When buying up to the suggested British Guidelines for tobacco purchases abroad you will save loads of money – Tobacco prices in France, Belgium and Luxembourg.

Sample Prices (Pouch Tobacco by 50g)

The most popular cigarette brands in the United Kingdom (2001)

The United Kingdom Tobacco Market (From the Tobacco Manufacturers' Association)

There are around 15 million adult smokers in the United Kingdom which equates to one third of the adult population.

United Kingdom consumers spent almost £12.5 billion on United Kingdom duty-paid tobacco products in 2000.

Sales amounted to 56 billion cigarettes, 2.8 million kg of hand rolling and pipe tobacco and 900 million cigars.

The United Kingdom market for tobacco products has declined. In recent years this trend has been accelerated by the rapid growth of bootlegging and smuggling.

Between 1993 and 2000, cigarette sales fell by 38%.

Over the same period sales of pipe tobacco, hand rolling tobacco and cigars fell by 57%, 39% and 30% respectively.

In 2000, non-United Kingdom duty paid consumption of cigarettes stood at around 30% of total consumption. 70% of hand rolling tobacco consumption avoided United Kingdom taxes.

The United Kingdom Tobacco Manufacturers

Gallaher Ltd, Imperial Tobacco Ltd and Rothmans (UK) Ltd are the main companies supplying the United Kingdom market.

Whilst cigarettes are the main product, the companies also manufacture hand rolling and pipe tobacco's and cigars for the United Kingdom and export markets.

Useful Outside links

Customs tobacco – We really like what this group is doing challenging Customs and holding them to account. "A blog on issues and experiences of U.K. Customs and Smoking Ban. Guest posts welcome. Note:- We use the term U.K. Customs for simplicity of understanding, their official title is HMRC and are under U.K. Border Agency now.". Please remember though, that any tobacco brought back from a trip, must be solely for your own personal use (small amounts may be gifted). nothing-2-declare.blogspot.com

HMRC are SHITE – HMRC Is Shite. This blog is "dedicated to the taxpayers of Britain, and the employees of the HMRC, who have to endure the monumental shambles that is Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC)." Do a search for articles under "tobacco" – scary stuff. hhmrcisshite.blogspot.com

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