By  on December 2, 2008

PARIS — Under new laws, travelers entering the European Union will be allowed to carry more personal-use items in their luggage than was permitted under the previous statute.

For goods such as fragrance, coffee or tea, the monetary threshold was raised to 430 euros, or $542.40 at current exchange, from the former 175 euros, or $220.80, for air and sea travelers. That threshold was upped to 300 euros, or $378.50, for land and inland waterway travelers. The European Commission also abolished quantitative limits on fragrance and eau de toilette, among other goods, making them instead fall under monetary restrictions. Some changes were made, as well, to rules regarding tobacco products, alcoholic drinks and fuel.

“Today’s entry into new thresholds in duty free travelers’ allowances is good news for European travelers,” stated László Kovács, the European Commission’s taxation and customs union commissioner, on Monday. “Many of the previous rules, which have been in place since 1969, were no longer relevant in today’s world.”

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