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Say goodbye to duty-free shopping on your next UK trip

Sep 15, 2020 17:58 IST

In a massive blow to British retailers and international tourists, the UK government has ended a longstanding, tax-free shopping scheme for international tourists. Starting next year, international visitors will only be able to buy tax-free goods in the UK if they are getting them shipped directly to their home country. VAT refund on shopping is an important part of the tourist economy in the UK with big luxury stores like Harrods, Selfridges and more catering to hoards of wealthy Chinese, Russian and Middle Eastern shoppers. Lobbyists say that the inevitable loss in tourism coupled with this new move will lead to billions in losses for the UK economy.

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