October 17 2019  |  Industry News

Brazil duty free allowances at airports to double

By Ronnie Lovler

The duty free allowance for travelers returning to Brazil on international flights will double from US$500 to US$1000 effective January 1, 2020.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro made the announcement via Twitter, which went viral within Brazil and regionally among those who follow the duty free industry.

ASUTIL Secretary-General José Luis Donagaray indicated the change was coming during a recent webinar with the industry trade media. For now, the change applies only at airports and not at the land duty free border stores, which recently began doing business in Brazil.

Donagaray said ASUTIL is hopeful that a similar expansion in duty free allowances will be made at the land border stores.

ASUTIL is in the midst of planning for its first Brazil border conference, which is set to take place Nov. 4 – 6 in Porto Alegre. Presently, ASUTIL is taking registrations for its networking sessions for those attending the conference.

In addition to networking, those who attend the conference will be able to hear from a number of experts who include Carlos Melconian, Vice President of MACROVIEW, María Villanueva, Senior Consultant for M1nd-set, and Diego Liceo, President of the Chamber of Free Zones of Uruguay.

The upcoming meeting marks the first and only time non-members can attend an ASUTIL conference. ASUTIL is giving non-members of the organization this chance in recognition of the new opportunities afforded by the Brazilian law allowing land duty free stores to operate on the Brazilian side of the border.

The ASUTIL conference is being co-hosted with Uruguay’s Chamber of Entrepreneurs of Free Shops. The Dufry Group will host a welcoming dinner for those in attendance on Tuesday, November 5.

ASUTIL will provide meeting places at the Sheraton Puerto Alegre hotel, where the meeting is being held and will assist in the exchange of names and email addresses for those wishing to take advantage of the networking opportunities.

ASUTIL expects several hundred operators and suppliers to attend the conference and participate in the networking sessions. Registration is open online at https://encuentrodefrontera.com/registration/

Special room rates are available from October 31 through November 7 at the hotel conference site.

Brand News

May 26 2020

Shiseido Travel Retail stirs emotions…

​Shiseido Travel Retail has strengthened its fragrance portfolio with the launch of three new product extensions from Dolce…

By Hibah Noor

May 26 2020

Burberry Beauty taps Isamaya Ffrench…

​Burberry Beauty has announced British makeup artist Isamaya Ffrench as its new Global Beauty Director

By Mary Jane Pittilla

May 18 2020

Ricola moves forward with new product…

​The expert in Swiss herb products is pressing on with its mission to release new products into travel retail markets, despite…

By Jas Ryat

May 13 2020

DFD introduces new cluster dedicated…

​Duty Free Dynamics is a state-of-the-art, regional distributor of global brands within the Americas’ travel retail channel

By Jas Ryat

May 13 2020

Shiseido Travel Retail hit by COVID-19…

​Shiseido Travel Retail has reported net sales of ¥27.8 billion (US$255.2 million) in the first…

By Mary Jane Pittilla

May 11 2020

Coty releases new Mr. Burberry…

​Coty has announced the introduction of Burberry’s newest men’s fragrance, Mr. Burberry Element

By Hibah Noor

May 11 2020

Viña Concha y Toro certifies its…

​In response to the complex health crisis in Chile and the rest of the world, Viña Concha y Toro disclosed two major initiatives…

By Laura Shirk

April 30 2020

​Duty Free Dynamics and Samsonite…

Panama based Duty Free Dynamics (DFD) has announced the extension of its partnership with luggage manufacturer Samsonite.…

By Jas Ryat

April 27 2020

​Rodenstock propels ahead with…

As internal travel resumes in China, China Duty Free Group is once again enticing shoppers using online and e-commerce platforms.…

By Jas Ryat

Copyright 2020 DutyFree Magazine. All rights reserved. Privacy Policy Sitemap