Gladys Posted September 26, 2007 Share Posted September 26, 2007 you're still not making yourself clear. Are you trying to say that if we sold cheap booze and cigs people would come to the airport / seaport just because of that and go home again ? wouldn't happen because of too many reasons some of which include VAT, cost of transport here, aeroplanes can only carry so much weight, fat bloke at the airport would drink all the booze and smoke all the tabs before he let you off the Island again, etc etc Getting people here is the key to tourism. - Cambon for Minister of Stating the Bleeding Obvious!!!! Basically, yes. People in England/ UK cross the channel on a daily basis for this sort of thing. Ferrys from Portsmouth, plymouth etc. do trips to Spain (24 hours there, 12 hours in port, 24 hours back) just so people can get cheap fags. As for VAT etc. all it would be is an extention of what happens at the Freeport. People cross the channel to go to the hypermarkets and stock up on booze there. The boats don't really carry bargains. The IOM needs the VAT income, so duty free other than in a very small way is unlikely, I don't think it is possible in any case as travellers will be moving within the same VAT area. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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