Champagne runโ€ฆnew allowances

Champagne runโ€ฆnew allowances

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Lozrington

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68 posts

90 months

Sunday 7th November
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Finding that my champagne stocks are getting perilously low, I’m planning one of my periodic dashes to champagne with my wife and a few mates.
Post Brexit however, the rules have of course changed. I’m unclear however what the new rules mean for us when travelling as a couple. The personal allowance is 9 litres of sparkling wine, but the rules state that you must transport it yourself and cannot combine your allowance with anyone else. So, if two of us are travelling in a car, do we each get 9 litres, or only one of us (on the basis that one of us is driving and therefore “transporting” the wine).
You’d think this would be a frequently asked question (or perhaps I’m just stupid), but I can’t find any direct answer online.
Any thoughts or personal experience?
Cheers

Great Dane

2,540 posts

138 months

Sunday 7th November
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two people 18litres 12 bottles each


Great Dane

2,540 posts

138 months

Sunday 7th November
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two people 18litres 12 bottles each i think they mean you can't transport for extra allaowaces for your mates who are foot passengers and can't carry two cases each ahem



Lozrington

Original Poster:

68 posts

90 months

Sunday 7th November
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Thanks Great Dane,

That’s certainly my preferred interpretation of the rules and would just about make the trip worthwhile. In any case, we’re allowed 18 litres of still wine as well as the sparkling, so a slight diversion down to Chablis will probably be in order!

Has anyone actually tested this interpretation?


Audis5b9

340 posts

44 months

Sunday 7th November
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The allowance is per person in the car (over 18)

FredericRobinson

2,515 posts

204 months

Sunday 7th November
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More to the (Le Mans) point, what the rules on taking beer into France?

surveyor

16,083 posts

156 months

Sunday 7th November
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FredericRobinson said:
More to the (Le Mans) point, what the rules on taking beer into France?
Why would you?

FredericRobinson

2,515 posts

204 months

Sunday 7th November
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Because there are many great things about France, but their beer isn’t one of them

Lozrington

Original Poster:

68 posts

90 months

Sunday 7th November
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Audis5b9 said:
The allowance is per person in the car (over 18)
Ok….so if we’re 4 up in a car means 4 cases of champagne. Result.
Thanks Pistonheads.

bennno

7,634 posts

241 months

Monday 8th November
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FredericRobinson said:
Because there are many great things about France, but their beer isn’t one of them
Perhaps you are looking in wrong place? Beer or lager at least as good as ours and loads cheaper generally.

leyorkie

1,302 posts

148 months

Monday 8th November
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In my experience the Brexit rules have not been introduced as the emphasis is on COVID testing and PLF
I’m travelling back to UK next week and I’m not expecting any restrictions on wine and spirits.
Only my experience via Eurotunnel other routes may be checking.

surveyor

16,083 posts

156 months

Monday 8th November
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leyorkie said:
In my experience the Brexit rules have not been introduced as the emphasis is on COVID testing and PLF
I’m travelling back to UK next week and I’m not expecting any restrictions on wine and spirits.
Only my experience via Eurotunnel other routes may be checking.
Definitely are at Dover.

BlackWidow13

1,635 posts

27 months

Monday 8th November
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Lozrington said:
but the rules state that you must transport it yourself and cannot combine your allowance with anyone else.
Cheers
AIUI the prohibition against combining bites where a single item exceeds a single person’s allowance: eg a person has (say) a one litre spirits allowance. They can’t buy a 1.5l bottle and walk through the green channel with their partner claiming that together they have 2 litres of allowance so they are ok. Likewise with the £145 other goods limit: the couple can’t bring in a single item worth £250 and claim it’s fine because it is worth less than 2 x £145.

I can only see that applying to wine if you bought one of the huge bottles that exceeded 9 litres in volume (Balthazar or larger). Mainly these are champagne but I’ve seen some red Bordeaux in big bottles very occasionally.

Lozrington

Original Poster:

68 posts

90 months

Monday 8th November
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Thanks BW. That makes more sense wink

FredericRobinson

2,515 posts

204 months

Monday 8th November
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bennno said:
Perhaps you are looking in wrong place? Beer or lager at least as good as ours and loads cheaper generally.
Where should I be looking? I believe there’s some good stuff brewed in French Flanders but I’ve never encountered it, I’m a huge fan of Belgian Flandrian beer but I need something a bit more sessionable at Le Mans

bennno

7,634 posts

241 months

Monday 8th November
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FredericRobinson said:
Where should I be looking? I believe there’s some good stuff brewed in French Flanders but I’ve never encountered it, I’m a huge fan of Belgian Flandrian beer but I need something a bit more sessionable at Le Mans
https://restaurants.3brasseurs.com/fr/3-brasseurs-...

RizzoTheRat

21,574 posts

164 months

Monday 8th November
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FredericRobinson said:
More to the (Le Mans) point, what the rules on taking beer into France?
You're allowed to bring 16 litres each in to the EU.

As for why you'd bring British beer in to Europe, I quite like a weak beer occasionally hehe