Advocacy Efforts and Other Programs
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IAADFS members benefit from advocacy activities conducted on behalf of members and the industry as a whole. Past advocacy work includes:


  • In the mid-1990s, IAADFS organized and financed a duty free awareness campaign to educate international travelers about the benefits of duty free shopping. This campaign featured advertising in a variety of English and Spanish-language publications, as well as in airports.
  • IAADFS funded an in-depth study to summarize the regulations that govern duty free operations in South American countries and to explain the breadth and importance of this market with respect to the impact on the local economies of these countries.


  • IAADFS organized education programs and webinars on various topics of interest to the buyer and supplier communities in the duty free industry for the benefit of association members and other industry representatives.
  • IAADFS was instrumental in lobbying for increasing the duty free merchandise allowance that a returning U.S. resident can bring back into the United States from $400 to $800.
  • IAADFS successfully lobbied for an increase in the duty free allowance from $600 to $800 for U.S. travelers returning from a Caribbean country or from an Andean country (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru). The duty free allowance for travelers returning from American Samoa, Guam, or the Virgin Islands was increased from $1200 to $1600. In addition, this $1600 allowance permits returning travelers to include up to $800 of goods from other countries in their total allowance.


  • A five year campaign by IAADFS to modernize some of the procedures that U.S. based duty free stores must follow resulted in beneficial changes to U.S. Customs rules, simplifying procedures for these stores.
  • IAADFS partnered with other industry organizations to conduct extensive worldwide lobbying campaigns to protect the rights of duty free stores to sell certain types of popular products. Proposed restrictions would have had wide-scale negative effects on the duty free industry, and IAADFS' coordination of these lobbying campaigns culminated in positive results for the industry.
  • Most recently, IAADFS has been cooperating with other organizations to ameliorate the effects of the liquids and gels ban on the duty free industry. IAADFS has been very active with other organizations trying to mitigate the loss of business from this ban, and to resolve the problem of how transient passengers are handled as they make their interim stops.
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