Iceland ‘units’ customs quota to hit spiritsBy Kristiane Sherry
The government of Iceland is considering proposals which would base duty free liquor allowances on units of alcohol rather than overall volume, a move set to hit the spirits sector hard.
Icelandic tourism news site Turisti.is has reported that finance minister Bjarni Benediktsson is calling for a “units system”, whereby passengers would be allowed to purchase the equivalent of six units of duty-free alcohol, regardless of overall volume.
One unit is approximately equivalent to 0.25cl of spirits. A 40% abv spirit in a one litre bottle – an increasingly popular size format in travel retail – would contain 40 units.
Travellers resident outside Iceland may currently bring into the country one litre of duty free spirits bottled at 22% abv or higher.
The parliamentary bill is currently with the government’s Economic Affairs and Trade Committee, with the deadline for official comments set at 29 April.