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Customs Regulations For Alcohol In The European Union

It can be tricky

It can be tricky to keep track of all the numbers mentioned in the case of customs rules. We explain the concepts in plain language when bringing alcohol from another EU country, for example, Germany or Denmark.

If you have a normal-sized car it’s usually not a problem to stay below the recommended import limit. It’s actually more likely with punishment for overload.

Any alcohol brought in by private individuals should be intended for personal use or consumption within the family and may not be resold.

Worth mentioning is that there is no limit on how much alcohol you can enter another country in the European Union with, as long as it looks like no one will re-sale it. Should you hold a wedding or large party, it is thus no problem to bring in very large quantities, but be prepared to prove it if the officer asks for it in the event of an inspection.

You can not call the customs in advance and announce that you are going to have a big party where you plan to go and get large amounts of alcohol. The decision is always done on the spot.

However, there are certain guidelines that you can use if you intend to buy a lot.

The amount is:

10 liters of spirits

20 liters of fortified wine

90 liters of wine

110 liters of beer

Apparently, it is quite large quantities, and customs always do an overall assessment.

If it looks like the alcohol will be used for commercial sale you could be suspected of smuggling and your drinks can be seized. If they cancel the investigation or you being acquitted you regain your goods.

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