Texas To Begin Taxing Booze And Cigarettes at Galveston Cruise Port
Cruising from Galveston in 2014? If you bring booze or cigarettes back, be prepared to pay a state tax - $3.50 per fifth of liquor for example. The state TABC will have officers with their own checkpoints as you leave the terminal.
I imagine if you say you have nothing and they pull you aside for a baggage search and find you are lying, it won't be good.
Two checkpoints and ships carrying over 3000 passengers. Yeah, they'll minimize any inconvenience and delays to guests departing the terminal. I can just see those bottlenecks now. Maybe they'll get the ships to start charging the tax to guests who bought booze in the gift shop and really lock this down.
This smacks of some pompous bureaucrats showing how much power and influence they have, just to be annoying.
Florida would see a fortune in taxes, especially for eastern Caribbean cruises where the limits are higher, especially for rum from Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Alabama had some annoying rules when Carnival was in Mobile. The ship could only sell from a limited menu of drinks and beers until it was in international waters. And they charged sales tax, but that is happening in other places now too.
I used to bring back booze but stopped when it got to be a pain for air travel. If I am driving to the port I will bring some back, such as from New Orleans.
We just sailed back into Galveston, Mar 9, we were asked if we bought booze, we did, and were directed to another area and paid TABC their share. We zipped right through the process, no lines, at this time.