For day trippers, shoppers & visitors to Adinkerke in Belgium - looking for tobacco shops - wanting to save money when buying tobacco in Adinkerke, as well as cigarettes, cigars and chocolates.
Tobacco in Belgium
TIPS when buying tobacco in Adinerke
Unbelievable but true! Tobacco prices down.
Compared to England, tobacco is cheaper in France (Tobacco in France) and much cheaper in Belgium. Whilst there, we suggest you buy chocolates which are very cheap as well. Increasingly, wines, beers and spirits are available at reasonable prices as well. Most shoppers visit the town of Adinkerke, just over the border with France. Poperinge, near Lille has a few shops as well geared towards the English shopper (Sterling cash accepted). Coaches tend to go to Adinkerke, Lorry drivers (for whom the detour to Adinkerke can be monitored on their tachographs) tend to stop off at Poperinge. History
Adinkerke roadworks - 13th January 2009. The roadworks have started and will be even more disruptive than the last ones. The road is about to be repaired between Stop & Shop Tobacco and the Total Garage. If you want to get to the other shops follow the sign to Ghyvelde from the A16 (exit 65 north of Dunkirk) and then Adinkerke. There is a small side road through the village round the back, but this is unsuitable for vehicles over 10 metres long.
Shops closing. Confusingly many more shops now close on a Friday, a quiet day of the week for U.K. shoppers visiting. Some even close on Monday as well. However there still 25 plus shops in Adinkerke and most remain open 7 days a week.
French law regarding the transportation of tobacco
Price check (June 2007). Fancy that! People moan that things are not what they use to be. However if you consider that Golden Virginia cost £1.80 in Belgium in 1998 and in the U.K. it cost £7.80, that equals a saving of £6.00 a packet (50 grams). In 2007 the Belgium price has risen to £3.15, and in England it is now £10.66. The saving is now £7.51 a packet.
With cigarettes the saving has actually widened even more. In 1998 Marlboro cost £1.91 in Belgium in 1998 and in the U.K. it cost £3.36, that equals a saving of £1.45 a packet. In 2007 the Belgium price has risen to £2.90, and in England it is now £5.31. The saving is now £2.41 a packet.
On average compared with the U.K., cigarettes are now 48.66% cheaper in Belgium, rolling tobacco 73.93%, pipe tobacco 61.46% and cigars 63.81%.
Save £635 in France, £929 in Belgium, £964 in Luxembourg and stay within the limits!
Although HM Revenue & Customs suggested limit for personal consumption is 3,200 cigarettes, this is a guideline only. Anyone smoking 30 cigarettes a day, buying 6 months supply would buy about 5,500 (is this unreasonable?). YES - you may have your car taken. How to avoid being tripped up by Revenue & Customs
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This guide is published by day-tripper.net to encourage U.K. citizens to shop in France and Belgium and beat the appalling Customs and Excise crackdown on European Shoppers, as well as excessive taxation in the U.K.