A duty free shop is a shop or a store that is not regulated by sales taxes or duties that are imposed on other stores in the nation. Outside of the United States there are a number of duty free shops; these are popular tourist sites, because they can help individuals purchase a number of souvenirs and gifts, while allowing the travellers to save money.
Duty free stores can often be found near seaports, in airports, in popular tourist locations, and sometimes as stand-alone stores. Items that are purchased at a duty free shop do not have taxes or duties attached to them; however this does not mean that the individual will not be charged a later time.
Often, when it comes to duty free items, there are no charges tacked on to the items in the nation that they are being sold in, but when an individual attempts to re-enter their native country, duties or fees can then be placed on these items. In certain cases, there are restrictions regarding the number of duty free items that can be brought into a nation or the amount of specific types of items. If this amount is exceeded the nation is required to impose duties upon the items.
However, one of the most popular additions to the duty free shops is the ability to access some of these locations online. Various travel locations have started advertising online duty free shops, to help individuals purchase items they want at a cheaper cost, and from the ease of their computers.