Duty free shopping offers international travellers a way to save money on a diverse
array of merchandise, from dazzling high-end jewellery to premium liquor. However,
many travellers are not clear how duty free shopping works, or how to make the most
out of the experience.
To begin, a "duty" refers to a tax or fee placed on goods by government entities.
Merchants who import goods and sell them to consumers who are leaving their country
are not charged a duty on these products. This allows sellers to pass the savings
along to their customers, giving savvy shoppers the opportunity to grab fantastic
merchandise at bargain prices.
Travellers can find duty free products at international airports, border towns,
ports, cruise ships and even on-board international flights – and other locations
which cater to international travellers.