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Downtown Duty Free Shopping Philippines

Downtown duty free shopping is a concept that is well known in Pacific and Asian countries such as Korea, Japan, Macau, Singapore, The Philippines and Thailand, the practice is now spreading to other countries around the world.

It means that visitors to these countries can purchase duty free and tax-free goods outside the airport or the port area. Some local rules and restrictions apply and the retailers will be able to inform you in detail.

You must take your passport with you when you shop and it is advisable to have a copy of your flight or cruise ticket with you which shows that you are a travelling visitor and non-resident of the country.

Some retailers are obliged to deliver your purchases to you at the airport or port for your departure as Downtown shopping requires the export of the goods. The product ranges in many of these stores focus on beauty product, (perfumes, cosmetics and make-up), high fashion brands, leather goods, jewellery and watches. But, liquors and tobaccos can be found in many stores.

In the Philippines downtown duty free shopping is available at various locations. The primary site in Manila is known as the Fiesta Shopping Center at the Columbia Complex. Cebu hosts two locations, the Cebu Waterfront and also at the SM City Mall, one of the largest in the world. Clark Freezone, in Angeles City, is a tax-free area with numerous stores selling duty free goods, Subic Bay nearby hosts another Freezone. Half Moon Bay Duty Free, named after the port in the Caribbean can be found in the Freeport area of Bataan.

Companies operating worldwide Downtown Duty Free shopping outlets include: DFS Galleria (Gulf States, Guam, Hawaii, Hong Kong, Saipan), King Power (Bangkok), Zon Duty Free (Malaysia), Nuance (Australia), Duty Free Americas DFA (Macau), China Duty Free CDF (Cambodia), Ever Rich Corp (Taiwan) and in South Korea there are numerous retailers, such as Hotel Shilla, Lotte, AK Duty Free, KTO, Paradise and Walkerhill, Liverpool (Mexico).