ETRC welcomes introduction of duty free at French Eurotunnel terminal

By Andrew Pentol |

The European Travel Retail Confederation (ETRC) has welcomed today’s announcement (11 June) from the French government permitting duty free sales at the French Eurotunnel Terminal.

ETRC has been actively engaging on this issue in recent months. The announcement will align the rules applicable to the Channel Tunnel with those provided in airports and seaports for journeys to a third country outside the European Union and ensure a level playing field.

Dufry-owned World Duty Free (WDF) opened a new 794sq m store in the Coquelles terminal (its first in France) back in 2015. WDF also runs a Eurotunnel store in the UK at the Folkstone terminal.

ETRC is now calling for the French government to allow duty free sales from the Eurostar terminals which service the same cross-Channel market.

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ETRC President Nigel Keal said: “ETRC is delighted that the French government has today finally clarified the situation and will allow duty free sales. We are particularly pleased that this decision has been taken as France starts to open up again and summer tourism and travel between the UK and France kicks off.

World Duty Free opened its new store at the French Coquelles Eurotunnel Terminal back in 2015.

“We do however call upon the French authorities to take a further step and allow duty free sales at the Eurostar terminals in France for UK-bound passengers. By doing that, they will ensure a true level playing field between all UK-France transport operators. The UK has already decided to allow duty free sales in all UK Eurostar terminals.”

A GetLink Statement said: “Eurotunnel is pleased that the French government has agreed to authorise the return of duty free sales on its French terminal. A quality process, led by the authorities, has restored a balanced and fair competition between the cross-channel carriers.

“With the anticipated progressive return of passenger travel, duty free opens the way to higher traffic levels that will support the local economy.”

Yann Leriche, Chief Executive Officer, Getlink commented: “I want to thank the French government for re-instating the balance of treatment that will enable fair competition between cross-Channel carriers.

“As our employees, local stakeholders and elected representatives know, understanding the issue, duty-free will be beneficial for our jobs and for the whole region.”

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