Minimum unit pricing compared with duty-free and the hidden alcohol allowances flying to Ireland

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Duty-free shopping between Ireland and the UK made a return over the last couple of months with massive savings available on alcohol.

With minimum unit pricing now in effect in the Republic, duty-free has just become far more appealing for Irish people.

However, it’s not a free for all for Irish shoppers as there are strict limits on the amount a person can bring back into the country.

But for those flying from Ireland to the UK, there’s far more wiggle room for how much you can buy from duty-free.

If travelling from outside the EU to Ireland, the limit on alcohol products is one litre of spirits (whiskey gin, vodka) or two litres of other alcoholic drinks with a percentage no higher than 22% (sherry, port, sparkling wine).

For wine and beer, a person is allowed to buy 4 litres of wine and 16 litres of beer.

For those flying to the UK, they have much larger allowances from duty-free. For alcohol, it’s 42 litres of beer, 18 litres of still wine, 4 litres of spirits or 9 litres of sparkling wine, fortified wine or any alcoholic beverage less than 22% ABV.

How do the Duty-Free prices now compare to prices shoppers face in the Republic with the introduction of minimum unit pricing?

Currently, The Loop at Dublin Airport is offering 20% off a number of different spirits and liqueurs.

A standard bottle of Jameson costs €14.40 when travelling outside the EU. The same bottle in Tesco now costs €28.50 due to minimum unit pricing.

Bushmills Black Bush is priced at €16.80 if flying outside of the EU while it costs almost double that in Tesco, at €31.69.

A one-litre bottle of Baileys costs €18 flying outside of the EU, but costs €28 in Tesco and the same in Dunnes Stores.

A Smirnoff Vodka one-litre bottle costs €13 in duty-free but is almost triple in Tesco at €34 and €32 in Dunnes.



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