India continues to be the fastest-growing duty-free market worldwide
According to GlobalData, India’s Commerce and Industry Ministry proposed to put limits on duty-free alcohol and cigarettes sales to inbound travelers. This way, they would be able to buy 1 bottle or 1 liter of alcohol, compared to the current 2 bottles or 2 liters, while cigarettes would be slashed completely.
The ministry aims to reduce the value of goods and gifts a passenger can get into the country without paying import duty, which is currently capped at $712.6 as well.
The proposed changes are a part of the government’s plan to limit the import of non-essential goods into India.
India’s duty-free sales increased at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23.1% during 2013-2018 to reach $1 billion in 2018. It is expected to grow at a CAGR of 19.2% to reach $2.5 million in 3 years.