Current Issues

Current issues

As a trade association CEETRA is involved in a number of issues all related to the duty free and travel retail trade. Current issues of particular interest are the following:


Alcohol - commitment to safety and quality.

Illicit trade of alcohol products have always been an issue in our region. In 2012 an incident in Czech Republic where bootleg alcohol caused poisoning of many people and some 20 casualties, CEETRA took the initiative to launch a “Commitment to Safety and Quality” to ensure consumer confidence in our sector.


Responsible retailing of alcohol.

The duty-free and travel retail shops are important shop windows for showcasing premium brands within the wines and spirits sector to an international customer base. When introducing new products the duty-free and travel retail channel provide the industry with a unique platform for reaching a worldwide captive audience.


New regulation on food labeling.

As of 13 December 2014, Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 of 25 October 2011 on the provision of food information to consumers (the “FIC Regulation”) replaces EU legislations on food labeling and the provision of nutrition information with a single regulation.


Aviation security – LAG’s regulation.

Aviation security regulation has great influence on the retailing activities in the security restricted airside zone of airports. This in particular in relation to Liquids, Aerosols and Gels (LAGs) into which category many products sold in duty-free and travel retail stores fall. The industry is closely monitoring the changes in aviation security and is working proactively with stakeholders and EU policy-makers to develop appropriate actions in response to the increased security challenges faced by the air travel sector.


The one-bag-rule.

One of its biggest challenges facing our industry is the so-called “one bag rule” with the implementation by some airlines of cabin baggage restrictions allowing passengers only one single carry-on cabin bag. Passengers flying these airlines are required to keep all their personal belongings, including airport purchases, into a single carry-on bag. Those passengers not able to fit their airport purchases into one bag are forced to either pay a fine up to €50, throw the items away, or are denied travel. Such cabin baggage restrictions are creating uncertainty with passengers and many passengers chose not to shop because of this uncertainty.


For more information on these current issues please read in more detail by using the drop down meny under "current issues". 

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The European Travel Retail Confederation

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Central & Eastern European Travel Retail Association

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