Advocacy Advisory – Indian Duty-Free Potential Changes

  • 1 January 2020


Dear APTRA members,

Recently it was widely reported that the Indian government Ministry of Commerce & Industry was considering a reduction in the per-passenger allowance import of liquor from 2 litres to 1 litre at arrival Duty-Free stores, while also proposing a complete ban on the sale of cigarettes through Duty-Free stores as well.

I’m sure you will have read in the trade press over the past couple of days the very positive news that no reductions were made to the duty-free allowance in India’s Union Budget 2020, announced 1 February 2020.

We extend our appreciation and thanks to all our members who joined forces with us supporting us with data and local information. We especially call out the most positive involvement of Flemingo and Delhi Duty-Free in their unwavering support, allowing us to submit our representation to the right government bodies within a timely manner, benefitting everyone trading in the India duty-free market.

A great example of the ethos of APTRA and the power of collaboration in our mission to strengthen, nurture and protect the duty-free and travel retail industry in the Asia Pacific region.

Lastly, we as APTRA would like to extend our gratitude to the Association of Private Airport Operators (India) and Airports Council International for their active engagement and ensuring lines of communication were open throughout. We also thank our colleagues at DFWC and ETRC who supported APTRA’s representations.

Doing business in the fast lane of Asia Pacific means there are more regulatory issues like this to overcome and we are confident we will have more success with the support of APTRA members behind the association in this way. If you have any particular issues you are keen to participate in, or have any information pertaining to regulatory changes please reach out to us on [email protected]



Asia Pacific Travel Retail Association
8 Eu Tong Sen Street, #18-81 The Central, Singapore 059818

Registration No. T05SS0187C

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