New duty-free rules in Langkawi


ALL cig­a­rettes and al­co­holic drinks, ex­cept for those bought at the air­port and jetty point, are not al­lowed to be taken out of Langkawi as duty-free goods.

Ac­cord­ing to Langkawi Chi­nese Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try sec­re­tary Loke Cheng Zhi, the Cus­toms Depart­ment’s lat­est duty-free rul­ing stip­u­lated that vis­i­tors who want to bring these duty-free goods out of the is­land can only buy them at ap­proved duty-free shops lo­cated at the air­port or jetty point com­plex.

Cig­a­rettes and al­co­holic drinks pur­chased at duty-free out­lets on other parts of the is­land can only be con­sumed on the is­land, he pointed out.

Clar­i­fy­ing some media re­ports that all cig­a­rettes and al­co­holic drinks are not al­lowed to be taken out of Langkawi, Loke told Nanyang Siang Pau on Sun­day that limited quan­ti­ties of the two items can be pur­chased at the air­port and jetty point by show­ing one’s pass­port or MyKad and taken out of the is­land.

“Ac­cord­ing to the lat­est Cus­toms rul­ing, cig­a­rettes and al­co­holic drinks sold at 54 other duty-free shops on Langkawi are not al­lowed to be taken out of the is­land,” said Loke.

Un­der the new rul­ing, which took ef­fect on Nov 1, each visi­tor is limited to buy­ing only three car­tons of cig­a­rettes, five litres of liquor and three crates of beer per month.

Prior to that, each visi­tor can leave the is­land with one car­ton of cig­a­rettes and one bot­tle of liquor pur­chased at any of the 56 duty-free shops ev­ery 48 hours.

Un­der the new rul­ing, res­i­dents of the is­land are barred from pur­chas­ing duty-free cig­a­rettes and al­co­holic drinks from the air­port and jetty point.

Loke noted that the Cus­toms Depart­ment has sta­tioned its per­son­nel at duty-free shops to en­sure the new rul­ing is com­plied with.

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