Snoozeman's Collection of Contrarian Cruise Reviews
Saturday, December 21, 2013
TABC to begin collecting taxes from Galveston Cruises in 2014
If your a Texas resident it just became a little more expensive to bring liquor back
from your cruise. See the following press release:
Paso, TX (KTSM) — The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) will
begin collecting personal importation taxes on alcohol and cigarettes
from passengers returning from cruises in Galveston in 2014.
January 4, 2014, cruise travelers disembarking out of the Port of
Galveston will need to pay the tax for alcoholic beverages and
cigarettes imported into the state that were purchased either on the
ship's duty free store or at a foreign port of call.
currently operates 20 ports of entry collection facilities along the
Texas-Mexico border where the tax is presently collected.
During the recent legislative session, the agency was appropriated
funding to begin tax collection of imported alcoholic beverages and
cigarettes from seaport facilities.
The Galveston Port facility
will be the first seaport location where this tax will be collected
with plans to extend to the Houston-Bayport facility in the fall of
Section 107.07 of the Alcoholic Beverage Code, in effect
for over 40 years, requires that each adult (21 years old and over)
importing alcoholic beverages into the state for personal consumption
pay the state tax and an administrative fee of $3.00.
limits personal importation by an adult to once every 30 days with
limits of: 1 gallon of distilled spirits, 3 gallons of wine, and 288
ounces of malt beverages (24 12-ounce containers).
Persons importing alcoholic beverages must personally accompany the product as it enters the state.
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