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New laws limit travellers’ alcohol imports from 1 July

New limits come into force on 1 July on the amount of alcohol individuals can bring to Finland from other EU countries. Tourists will now be restricted to 110 litres of beer when they enter the country.

Alkon tarjontaa. Image: Jesse Maidell / Yle

The popular pastime of booze cruising across the Gulf of Finland to stock up on alcohol is to come under new regulation from 1 July. Up to now the amount of alcohol individuals brought to Finland from other EU countries has not been regulated—customs officials have been allowed to interpret the rules over how much is intended for ‘personal consumption’ on a case-by-case basis.

From 1 July that all changed. Now anyone stepping off a ferry with more than 110 litres of beer, 90 litres of wine (of which a maximum of 60 litres can be sparkling wine, cider or alcopops) or 10 litres of hard liquor, will need to provide a convincing explanation for exceeding the limit.

In addition, people can bring up to 20 litres of so called intermediate products such as port or sherry. The definition of ‘personal use’ includes drinks intended for family members, for weddings or other family events, or as a gift.

If a passenger has exceeded the limit and is judged to be for commercial gain, they are liable to pay customs duty and other taxes.

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