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US Increases Tobacco Age Requirement

December 29, 2019

Travelers bringing in tobacco products (Cigarettes, Cigars, Bidis) into the U.S. for personal use.

Travelers bringing in tobacco products (Cigarettes, Cigars, Bidis) into the U.S. for personal use.

Nov 20, 2019•Knowledge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Travelers bringing in tobacco products (Cigarettes, Cigars, Bidis) into the U.S. for personal use.

 

 

 

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Article-53

 

 

 

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English

 

 

 

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In accordance with 26 U.S.C. § 5702(c), "tobacco products" means cigars, cigarettes, smokeless tobacco (snuff or chewing tobacco), pipe tobacco, and roll-your-own tobacco. For pipe/loose tobacco products, contact the Ports of Entry.

Some state laws require you to be 18 years old to purchase cigarettes, while several states have recently raised the purchasing age to 21. Returning resident travelers, for those over the age of 21, may import tobacco products only in quantities not exceeding the amounts specified in the personal exemptions for which the traveler qualifies (not more than 200 cigarettes and 100 cigars if arriving from other than a beneficiary country and insular possession).

Once every 31 days, a resident returning from travel from American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), or the Virgin Islands of the United States may import 1,000 cigarettes (5 cartons), not more than 200 of which acquired elsewhere than in such locations, within the returning resident's $1,600 exemption from duty and taxes.

Bidis - essentially flavored cigarettes - are not generally permitted entry. For more information see the Tobacco Control Act.

In addition, cigarettes may be subject to Federal excise tax. The rates may be viewed by visiting The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.

Note: Federal excise tax rates are for informational purposes only and actual tax or fee may vary according to a person's circumstances.

For more information about duty-exemption or duty rates for other tobacco products, please contact the Ports of Entry directly.

For regulations and questions related to tobacco products from Cuba, see U.S. Department of The Treasury

 

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