Croatia to limit citizens' import of food, drink

ZAGREB, Nov 9, 2000 -- (Reuters) Croatians returning from foreign travel will face new restrictions this week on what they are allowed to bring into the country tax-free, state news agency Hina reported on Sunday.

Under the new regime, effective from September 11, Croatians will be able to import no more than one kilogram (2.2 lbs.) each of coffee, detergent, sugar, oil, chocolate, fruit, vegetables and meat and up to one liter (0.22 Imp gallons) of non-alcoholic drinks.

The total value of what can be brought in tax-free remains at HRK 300 (USD 34.80) but the quantity of each particular items has been reduced to 1 kilogram.

For quantities exceeding the limit they will pay value added tax and customs, the agency said, quoting the finance ministry. Taxes imposed on imports above that level would amount to almost 50 percent of the value of the goods.

The ministry did not give any reason for the change.

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