With the fate of luxury brands increasingly reliant on Chinese shoppers, news that one of its biggest cities is adopting a duty-free shopping economy as part of government plans to foster domestic spending, is good news.
With global economies in turmoil and disarray, China is leading the tax free movement with the city of Shanghai announcing plans to openly selling duty-free goods as part of a five-year economic plan. Luxury goods in China are on average 30 to 50 percent higher than in other metropolitan cities around the world due to high local taxes and duties.
A study by China’s commerce ministry in 2020 compared prices of 20 luxury brands including watches, travel cases, clothing, liquor and consumer electronics, which found them to be 45 percent higher than Hong Kong, 51 percent higher than U.S. prices, and 72 percent higher than in France.
Currently duty-free spending in China is concentrated in the southern province of Hainan, where the annual limit imposed is capped at 100,000 yuan (about 13,000 euros), versus the previous 30,000 yuan (about 3,900 euros).
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